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Batavia City Council Meeting

The Batavia City Council will hold a business meeting on Monday, February 11. The meeting will begin at 7PM in the Council Board Room on the second floor of the Batavia City Centre.

 The agenda includes three public hearings on the following:
Ordinance #1/2013 - the 2013/2014 budget
Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2013 - Establish New Water Rates, Meter Fees and a Capital Improvement Fee
Local Law No. 3 of the Year 2013 - Amend the Solid Waste Chapter of the Batavia Municipal Code. 
The proposed budget is posted on the City’s website and is available in the City Clerk’s office.
The public may speak at the meeting by signing in with the City Clerk prior to the start of the meeting.
Wyoming County Man Charged with Aggravated Family Offense
A Wyoming County man has been charged under New York’s new law to help victims of domestic violence.

The Sheriff’s Office has charged 39-year-old Timothy Foss of the Town Covington with Aggravated Family Offense, a class E felony.

Foss allegedly had been verbally abusing his mother for a period of time. Then on Feb. 1, deputies learned, according to the report, that Foss has committed the charge of criminal mischief when he allegedly pulled a phone out from the wall when his mother tried to call for help.

The new law went into effect Jan. 23. The charge Aggravated Family Offense applies to defendants who commit a family offense and already have a conviction against a household member within the previous five years. Punishment is one to four years in prison. Governor Cuomo announced in October new regulations to protect domestic violence victims.

Police Beat

A Batavia man is facing charges for allegedly damaging someone’s property with a car.

Timothy Walsh, 44, of Redfield Parkway is charged with criminal mischief and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The alleged accident occurred on Hunn Road in Alexander Sunday. Walsh is due in court for arraignment on Feb. 26 in Alexander Town Court.


A Batavia teen is accused of physically interfering with the arrest of another individual.

Scott Fairfield, 19, of South Swan Street is charged with resisting arrest. He was issued an appearance ticket for Batavia City Court for Feb. 13.


An Oakfield woman accused of breaking into and burglarizing an Alabama home over Father’s Day weekend last year is charged with a felony.

Penny Sprague, 42, is facing a single second-degree burglary charge. Sprague allegedly entered the Knowlesville Road home back in June and stole electronics, jewelry and other property. Following her arraignment, she was released under supervision of Genesee Justice. She is due in Alabama Town Court March 7.


A Batavia woman is facing three felony counts of forgery.

Stephanie Hotchkiss, 36, of Bank Street is accused of committing larceny and forgery of three personal checks from an acquaintance. According to City of Batavia Police, she completed each check in the amount of $3,000 and was successful in cashing the first, but not the second two.

Following arraignment in City Court, Hotchkiss was released under supervision of Genesee Justice.


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