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April 18, 2019 - 3:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia GOP, news, notify.

Press release:

I believe the local Democratic leadership has lost sight of its responsibility to serve its own constituents. Rose Mary Christian has represented Batavia’s sixth ward for over 28 years. Although I have at times agreed with her on issues and at other times disagreed, I have always respected the fact that Rosemary understands service at the local level and works very hard to serve the residents of the sixth ward. That’s why she’s held her seat for so long. All 28 years she has represented the sixth ward, Rosemary has enjoyed the support of local Democrats. However, that changed this year and it changed for reasons that should trouble any community-minded Batavia Democrat. 

Rosemary was very concerned with the radically liberal abortion/infanticide bill that was passed by Albany and Downstate Democrats and decided to speak out for the unborn. The local Democratic leadership, obviously in lockstep with the radical views prominent in Albany, New York, and Washington decided that an honest objection from a local Democrat who had the courage to speak out was unacceptable. Having endorsed Rosemary just a very few weeks earlier, the leadership decided to rescind her endorsement and suddenly a candidate emerged who tried, unsuccessfully, to challenge her in a primary this June. Isn’t there any loyalty to a local representative who has shown loyalty to her party and her constituents for so many years? Whose interests are to prevail in the Batavia and Genesee County Democratic Party; the local constituents, or the kingmakers in Albany? It looks like the answer is obvious. In addition, I respectfully hope Batavia’s sixth ward Democrats express their independence and send a message to the kingmakers by supporting your long term representative without punishing her for speaking up on an issue that she is passionate about; supporting the lives of the unborn.

If you want a better voice at the local level and an honest commitment to represent your interests first, join our local Republican party. I personally promise that your voice will be heard and respected. We are also committed to doing what’s best for the City of Batavia, even if that requires some sacrifices by our local candidates.

You can contact me or any Republican Committee person and we will happily assist you in making the change.


David Saleh, Chairman,
City of Batavia Republican Committee

April 18, 2016 - 9:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia GOP, batavia, Adam Tabelski.

Press release:

The City’s Republicans have given incumbent Councilman Adam Tabelski their unanimous endorsement for the council-at-large seat that’s up for election this fall. Tabelski was appointed by City Council to succeed John Deleo who was elected to the County Legislature last fall.

“Adam was selected to fill Mr. Deleo’s term because of his past experience in government and he’s already proven that was the right decision,” said Committee Chair David Saleh. “He’s has done a great job representing the City’s residents and the Committee is excited to support his election to finish John’s term.”

Tabelski, 36, is an account manager at Wendel Engineering, and served several years as trustee and mayor in the Village of Medina before moving to Batavia early last year.

Tabelski said he’s honored to receive the Republican Committee’s support and looks forward to the campaign this summer and fall. “I enjoy public service and look forward to my election so I can continue my efforts to enhance our neighborhoods and make Batavia a better place to live and work.”

April 3, 2013 - 12:23am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, politics, Batavia GOP.

Press release:

The City of Batavia Republican Committee is seeking City Republicans interested in running for the position of City Council At-Large.

This position is a four-year term on the City Council and is a seat that represents the entire City of Batavia. Letters of interest can be e-mailed to City Republican Chairman Matt Landers at [email protected] by April 12, 2013.

Here is your chance to serve your community! If you want to get involved in making Batavia a better place to live and work then we want to hear from you!

February 13, 2013 - 9:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Joe Gerace, Batavia GOP.

An era ends for the City of Batavia GOP as longtime chairman Joe Gerace resigns from the leadership position.

Gerace has led local Republicans for 15 years.

Gerace tells WBTA:

I have tried to the best of my ability to pull our party together and get our candidates elected, and truthfully, it has been stressful.

I believe I must think of my own health and my commitment to my supportive family.

The 76-year-old community activist has been honored as Italian of the Year by Batavia Downs (the first such award), been named Geneseean of the Year by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and has been a driving force behind Genesee Cancer Assistance since its inception.

Gerace submitted his letter of resignation last night, but plans to remain active in both the city and county GOP committees.

Councilman Jim Russell will serve as acting chairman until the party elects a new leader.

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