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A new business coming to Batavia:
Java Farm Supply is moving into the building formerly occupied by United Rentals at the corner of Ellicott and Center St.
Java Farm Supply sells new and used farm equipment.
The company has been in operation in Wyoming County since 1951.
They expect to hire 15 sales and service employees at the Batavia location by the end of February.

Genesee County’s Economic Development Center has approved a new round of tax breaks and incentives, to help kick-start local businesses.
Headlining the list is the new collection company, Premiere Credit, in the former home of Pioneer Credit. Premiere receives a $12,000 sales tax exemption on furniture costs.
Also, the EDC approved $6,000 sales tax exemption for Al’s Enterprises, for office renovations; $30,000 in exemptions for an addition at Tri-County Welding, most of it property tax breaks; and a $50,000 loan with Batavia Enclosures as they move to a new location on Treadeasy Avenue. The loan will be paid back with interest to the GCEDC

The case against a Batavia woman charged with punching a Wal-Mart cashier on Christmas Eve has been put off until next month.
26-year-old Jaquetta Simmons is charged with two counts of Assault in the second degree, a felony.
She’s accused of punching Wal-Mart employee Grace Suozzi, breaking bones in the face of the 70 year old woman.
Simmons is due back in court on February 27th.

One Batavia City Council person thinks council deserves a pay raise.
Ward Six Councilwoman Rosemary Christian last night suggested that the nine-member council, half of whom have been on the job for less than a month, get a pay raise.
Council members are currently paid 2-thousand dollars a year.
Christian did not say how much of an increase she was suggesting.
Her comments came as the council began a line by line review of next year’s city budget. 
That budget increases city property taxes by 4.2-percent and increases water rates and fees by more than 13-dollars a year for the average customer.

Another crackdown on crack in Batavia:
The Genesee County Drug Task Force has arrested 35-year-old Nekia “Nick” Newton of Rochester for allegedly selling and transporting crack cocaine in the city.
Nick Newton is locked up in the Genesee county jail without bail.

Elba Central School is looking for a new principal.
Jason Smith, who has held the post for the past seven years, has quit to become superintendent at Lyndonville Central in Orleans County.
The principal’s job in Elba is the only one in Genesee County covering grades, “K” thru 12. 
Elba Superintendent Jerry Piwko calls it an opportunity to build administrative skills.
Only applicants with prior school administration experience are being considered.
 
 
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