The Batavian


Three for Three: each Batavia City Schools candidate earns seat in budget vote

Batavia City Schools' recent budget and board vote put candidates Chezeray Rolle, John Marucci and Korinne Anderson in place for a seat on the Board of Education, however Marucci and Anderson had a tied vote count of 346. Anderson has conceded the three-year term to Marucci and she will take the two-year term, Superintendent Jason Smith said Rolle, with a top vote of 368, with take his seat with a three-year term.

Photos: Day of Caring 2022

More than 300 community volunteers turned out today for United Way's annual Day of Caring to perform a variety of tasks for local organizations. Photos are from Crossroads House and Justice for Children. At Crossroads, a family paid for a new cement walkway and patio and volunteers are planting a garden so that those staying at Crossroads can be taken outside and enjoy a bit of nature. The groups receiving assistance: 

Despite a pandemic and funding shortfalls, Genesee County's Job Development Bureau highlights success

There are signs on two doors at Genesee County Job Development Bureau that caught the attention of Genese County Legislator Rochelle Stein. One sign had a locked door with the message “we are not open,” issued by the New York State Department of Labor, while the other sign stated that the development bureau was open for business. Given that kids are in school and people have returned to work, it was surprising for Stein to see the state closed to customers, she said. “I was shocked,” Stein said during Wednesday’s Ways & Means Committee meeting.

Law and Order: Batavia man accused of clocking in at employer but not working

Stephen S. Bogle, 35, of Batavia, is charged with grand larceny 3rd and falsifying business records 1st. Bogle is accused of going to his place of employment on Bank Street, Batavia, and punching in, then leaving for eight to 12 hours, then punching out, without ever physically being present at work. He is accused of stealing $13,148.63 as a result of this scheme.  He was arraigned in City Court and released on his own recognizance. 

Calling all community members, organizations, vets for Memorial Day parade

File photo of a Memorial Day parade. Photo by Howard Owens. City Councilman Bob Bialkowski, on behalf of the city, invites all community members, including groups, organizations and, especially, veterans to participate in this year's annual Memorial Day parade.  "The city of Batavia is sponorsing the parade and looking forward to community support," he says. 

Two retail, restaurant buildings in former Kmart parking lot get final approval from town planning board

After Town of Batavia Planning Board members gave the final approvals to Benderson Development for two new commercial buildings in the former Kmart parking lot on Lewiston Road, they had but one question: "who is it?" The rep from Benderson wouldn't say. He said he couldn't release the names until leases are signed. He said that lease signing could come soon for at least one potential tenant, with construction to begin on that building in July.

Revitalizing neighborhoods part of the job for future assistant city manager

Applications have been coming in for the vacant assistant city manager position as Batavia City Manager Rachael Tabelski formulates the role’s top priorities. The interview process is set to begin in the next few weeks, she said. “I’m looking at neighborhood revitalization. It's a very long-term look, but I'm trying to coalesce all the information I've gathered in the different years of working with the county and in the city, and bring this project forward,” Tabelski told The Batavian on Monday. "We'd like to have someone in place by the end of July."

All public school districts in Genesee County report thumbs up in budget votes

Though votes were reported as unofficial this evening, it’s apparent that Batavia City Schools’ $54.8 million budget and a related 1 percent tax levy increase passed with a vote of 301 to 108. It was one of eight districts to report a passed 2022-23 budget.  The other proposition on Batavia’s ballot was the election of board members for three vacant seats. Chezeray Rolle came out on top with 368 votes, followed by John Marucci and Korinne Anderson, each with 346 votes.

Alabama, county named in suit that blames municipalities for failure to install roundabout at Ledge Road

A decision by the Alabama Town Board in April 2019 to oppose the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Ledge Road and Route 77 has led to a lawsuit filed by an Oakfield woman who sustained severe injuries in an accident at that intersection on Oct. 2, 2020. Marianne Molaro sustained permanent injures, "including but not limited to, a fracture of the cervical spine at the C-2 level," according to the suit filed in November by attorney Bradley D. Marble of Lockport on her behalf.