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Batavia BID Honors Two Local Businesses

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) honored two local businesses on Friday with its “Spirit of Downtown Business Award.”

The new business Spirit award was given to The YN Godess Shop.” Proprietor Christine Crocker received the award with her son Ben at her side.

Accepting the Spirit award for the established business of the year was Gregory Gluck, proprietor of Alberty Drugs.

Also recognized for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the BID were Steve Coraci and Beth Kemp.

The BID was created in 1997 creating a core group of downtown property owners and city officials to organize a formal downtown management association. Today, the BID is comprised of 143 properties that pay a total annual assessment of $120,000 and the City of Batavia contributes (for capital projects) $41,300 to fund the organization.

The BID will meet on Tuesday to elect a new slate of officers.

Detective Seargeant Pat Corona Retires from Batavia PD

Det. Sgt. Pat Corona is retiring from the Batavia Police Department after 33 years in law enforcement.

Friday was his last day.

“It’s mixed feelings,” he said, “because it’s been a wonderful career. Truly, I’ve had great opportunities. I love the work; I still do. It’s a great community to work in; the citizens here have been very, very good to me. I’m excited to move on to something new, but it’s sad to leave something that you enjoyed behind.”

He’s not completely retiring, though. He’s taking a position with the U.S. Marshals Office in a court security officer position in both Rochester and Buffalo.

After being on-call 24/7 since 1988 when he joined the department, Corona says he'll miss helping people in this community tge most

“Anytime I could be of service to someone who was a victim of a crime and bring some resolution to what they’ve gone through – that was the most rewarding thing about the job,” he said.

Corona’s replacement is expected to be named soon.

His advice for the new detective? To work well with others, don’t be shy about asking for help, and work well with the public.

Local Police Agencies Hold Annual Drug Drop Off Day Today

Local police agencies are holding their annual Drug Drop Off Day today.

It is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unneeded medications with no questions asked.

The hours for tomorrow’s drop off are 10am to 2pm

Locations: Batavia Police Headquarters on West Main, LeRoy Police Department on Main Street in LeRoy and Pembroke Town Garage at the corner of Route 5 and 77.

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