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Dietz to step down from Batavia council

Updated: December 20, 2012 6:10AM

BATAVIA — Alderman Victor Dietz does not intend to seek re-election next year to his 2nd Ward seat.

“I have started a new job and will be traveling constantly,” Dietz said.

Dietz was elected in 2005 after the retirement of Alderman Charles Beckman, who served constituents in the 2nd Ward for 30 years.

Meantime, Martin “Marty” Callahan, an insurance fraud investigator and former law enforcer, has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2nd Ward seat in the 2013 municipal election.

Dietz said he has been focused on the city’s “core businesses” and providing services to taxpayers without breaking their pocketbooks.

Dietz said “the hardest thing” he had to do as alderman was to authorize the reduction of staff as a result of the economic downturn and then to raise residential electric and water rates and the property tax to reflect a shift in the Tri-Cities ambulance services last year.

“It was hard to do that all at one time,” the alderman said.

Dietz said he is supportive of the proposed Walgreens project and the revitalization of the downtown.

“It has been enjoyable to be part of city government. I like to think I have been part of the solution and not part of the problem,” Dietz said.

Alderman Janet Jungels, 3rd Ward, has also announced she will not run for re-election. Jungels was appointed in 2010 to fill the seat after the death of Alderman Linnea Miller, and then was elected the following year.

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