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"Many things have changed over the years."

John Auberger was sworn into office as Greece Town Supervisor in 1998. Back then, Auberger recalls the big issue was what impact cell phone towers would have in residential neighborhoods, but technology would step in to change that fear.

"We can see that there's not as many cell towers as once were projected, the quality of the smart phones has increased, everyone has them so, if we were to look back then and say there's a problem we anticipated, but never occurred."

Auberger's political ride was not always a smooth one. Prior to his reelection in 2009, public controversies surrounded the Greece Police Department.

The former police chief, Merritt Rahn, was sent to prison, along with two other Greece Police officers in a series of unrelated crimes that left a black eye on the police department at the time.

"We cleaned up what were the problems within the Greece Police Department and we moved forward. We have a new chief that came aboard and the morale and the department have moved forward since bringing him in."

Auberger says the scandals are in the past, and he would rather focus on the present and the positives.

"We constructed a new central library, a new community and senior center and a new court building, right here on the campus of town hall."

Auberger will be replaced by Assemblyman and Chairman of the Monroe County Republican Party Bill Reilich when he is sworn into office Jan. 1.

"Our transition team has done an excellent job in working with Bill's people together to familiarize them with the ongoing projects."

Auberger says he is ready to take time off, but don't count on him being away from the public for long.

"If the opportunity presents itself, I'd still like to stay involved in public service. I'm a big baseball fan, I'm only 61 years old, and politically, I think I still have my fastball."

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