Evening News Briefing

Written by on February 14, 2018

Batavia Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano

The Batavia City Fire Department is now fully staffed with the addition of six new recruits.
Fire Chief Steve Napolitano says full staffing reduces overtime and results in an overall budget saving of 11 percent.
During the first of City Council’s budget review sessions last night, the fire chief said he wants to begin an on-going replacement program for firefighter’s turnout gear

The annual budget for the city’s fire department is about $3.6-million.

 Eugene Jankowski

Several search firms want the job of finding Batavia’s next city manager.
Council president gene Jankowski says seven companies have responded:

The cost of a search firm is estimated at $20,000.

A Batavia woman is accused of driving drunk to pick up a man arrested for suspect DWI.
State Police arrested Jay Markle on Monday after he failed field sobriety tests on Route 33 in Bergen. Police say Markle called Darlene Martaus to pick him up at State Police headquarters.
But when Martaus turned up, troopers said she was legally drunk and charged her with felony DWI.

Interim City Manager Matt Worth

The once popular Batavia Softball league is gaining traction again with the help of Michael Jamil and his ball playing friends.
Jamil has headed up the League for the past three years growing it to 33 teams.
He has approached City Council on a number of occasions for their support and financial assistance in maintaining the ball field at Kibbe Park, but the message never hit home.
Interim City Manager Matt Worth shed some more light on where the city stands on the field…

Council was provided a list of requested material and equipment costs but will reserve making any funding commitments until budget workshops are underway.

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