Hello, I'm Laura Newman. As City Administrator, I try to facilitate the development of long and short term policies by the Mayor and City Council, then assist the City staff in implementing those policies in a manner which is mindful on the impact of our citizens, financially and otherwise. Batavia is a fabulous place in which to live, visit or do business, and we cherish the values which have arisen from being a small, riverside town, and work to apply them to life in these bustling times of growth and development.
"As City Administrator for the City of Batavia, Laura is responsible for managing economic growth and development of a municipality undergoing continual growth and change. This leadership includes collaboration with a 15-member City Council overseeing a $134M budget and workforce of more than 400 employees.
Since assuming the role of city administrator three years ago, Newman has welcomed and collaborated with businesses new and old, large and small to diversify the city's mix of commercial, industrial and retail businesses. These are necessary challenges that require vision toward transitioning a community engaged in a long arc of change since its original establishment in 1833.
Newman's accomplishments in her role as administrator include advancement of a new downtown development in One Washington Place, bringing increased residential housing into the primary business district, as well as vital new residential communities for senior and assisted living."