13 November 2018

Small Business Saturday 2018

13 November 2018

Dunkirk Festivals & Special Events 2018


10 November 2018

Open Letter to all Veterans from Mayor Wilfred Rosas

I am grateful always to our men and women who have served this country.  But on this day, I personally give homage and appreciation to all of our Veterans.  To each of those who have served, as well as those military personnel who are serving today, thank you for your service to our country!

Veterans Day is a day set aside for each of us to remember the many men and women who have fought to keep us and our country free from tyranny and a dictatorship.  This is a day in which we celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans.

To all veterans everywhere, and especially to those living in the City of Dunkirk, thank you.


Mayor Wilfred Rosas

City of Dunkirk

8 November 2018

Adams Art Gallery announces upcoming events!

Friday November 16th (Decho Ensemble – Contemporary Saxophone Duo) and Saturday November 17th (Crash/Mat a Circus Cabaret). $10 suggested donation

6 November 2018


The City of Dunkirk’s Planning and Development Department has been working with Revitalize Dunkirk since the spring of 2017, and the grant proposal that was submitted in April 2018 has been awarded in the amount of $49,500 from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  This grant will provide funding for the City to conduct a city-wide inventory of public trees and to create a community forestry management plan. Grant funds come from the DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry Grant’s Program, a highly competitive source of funding.

“We are excited that our Planning and Development Department has secured yet another grant to improve the lives of Dunkirk residents, and appreciate the support that the NYSDEC is providing to us.  Once again, it is through their many months of dedication and effort that the city’s residents and visitors will be the benefactors of their hard work.” Mayor Rosas said.  “I must also, once again, give special thanks and my personal appreciation to Governor Cuomo and his team for their assistance and support.”

The Mayor added, “The importance of trees to our community cannot be overstated. They provide economic benefits, lower energy bills, improve air quality, reduce flooding, and add beauty and character to our neighborhoods. It is essential that we continue to care for our trees, and this grant will allow us to make informed decisions to do so effectively.”

Development Department staff will be partnering with Revitalize Dunkirk on the project. The inventory will map the location, species, and condition of every street tree and all other trees on City-owned land. The City will hire a certified arborist to conduct the inventory, which will take place during the spring and summer of 2019.  Once the inventory is complete, the tree professional will then draft a community forestry management plan based on the information gathered. This plan will serve as the foundation for the future care of Dunkirk’s public trees.

Development Department staff and Revitalize Dunkirk hope to engage the community throughout the project. They will be hosting public information sessions before and after the inventory takes place, and after a draft of the management plan has been created.

For more information, please contact Community Development Planner Matthew Bourke at mbourke@cityofdunkirk.com or 716-366-9878.

1 November 2018

The Chautauqua County Hometown Heroes Veteran Memorial Group seeks help identifying two local veterans

The Chautauqua County Hometown Heroes Veteran Memorial Group http://chqvmwmemorial.org is asking for help identifying any friends or family, and/or photo in uniform, for the following two local veterans:

SGT Jacqueline Goodwin-Anderson
Army 2011- 2016
115th CSH at Fort Polk, Louisiana before S. Korea

Francisco “Cisco” Vega Jr.
Air Force – 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron , Nellis, AFB
1975- 2006

Anyone with any information on these veterans please contact:

Mr. Jim Kurtz
121 South Erie Street
Mayville, New York 14757
Phone: 716 -753-7734
E-Mail jamesvkurtz@outlook.com

31 October 2018

Halloween 2018 at City Hall


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24 October 2018

City celebrates completed improvements to Point Gratiot Park

On Monday afternoon, city and state officials celebrated the completion of phase one of Mayor Willie Rosas’ planned improvements for Point Gratiot Park, thanks to a $500,000 State and Municipal Facilities grant secured by Senator Catharine Young (R, District 57) in the 2016-17 state budget. According to the mayor, there is more to come for Point Gratiot Park, as he is looking forward to working with state officials to secure funding for phase two in the near future.

City Director of Planning and Development Rebecca Yanus took to the stage of the newly completed bandstand/pavilion and announced the many upgrades that were made at the park since the SAM facilities grant was received. Upgrades included new roofs on the six park pavilions, new ADA compliant restrooms, electrical upgrades in the main pavilion, new signage, landscaping and aesthetic improvements.

There was also enough funding left to build a new bandstand/pavilion, which was not in the original proposal.

Rosas was pleased to celebrate the upgrades made to the park and acknowledged that this project, like the Dunkirk Senior Center grant announced earlier on Monday, was a bipartisan effort between his office and state officials. “When the city of Dunkirk needs help, it is my job to work with whoever is in office. That’s what I have done and will continue to do.” Speaking of Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R, District 150) and Senator Young, Rosas said, “These two have helped me and continue to help, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”

“We have a beautiful park here, and we want to use it more,” Rosas continued. “We want our residents to continue taking advantage of this beautiful park and the beautiful view behind me. This is an exciting project for us, and it’s great to see the first phase completed now. We are looking for more funding for phase two of our project, and I look forward to working with our state officials in securing that.”

Rosas thanked Goodell and Young for their support, and welcomed Young to the stage. Young referenced an earlier conversation she had with City Clerk Edwin Ramos and DPW Director Randy Woodbury and said, “They were telling me about how many cars actually line up along here — it doesn’t matter what time of the year — people line up just to enjoy the view and especially to enjoy the sunsets. It shows how much this means to people. Generations have come to enjoy this park,”Young stated.

She continued, “That’s why I worked so hard to get this half million dollars in funding. Although this (Point Gratiot Park) has been an asset, it has fallen into disrepair over the years, and we want to make sure that it’s here for generations to come…The thing is, is that we worked together. We worked together as a team, whether it’s on the local level with the mayor’s office in the city of Dunkirk, or whether it’s on the state level with Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who works so hard on his constituents’ behalf…This is a great day for Dunkirk.”

Goodell congratulated the mayor and Young on the completed improvements to the park. “Dunkirk is on the move,” he stated. “It’s all happening because it’s a team that’s focused on results rather than focused on ego or credit. That team on the local level is led by our mayor, who’s spearheading these efforts; Chautauqua County has Senator Young who is in Albany in one of the most important positions in New York state. And I am so pleased with the county executive for being part of that team focused on making Dunkirk and Chautauqua County the best in New York state.”

County Executive George Borrello was unable to attend the ceremony; however, his executive assistant, Dan Heitzenrater, extended congratulations to the city and thanks to state representatives on Borrello’s behalf. “On behalf of George Borrello, I would like to express congratulations to Mayor Rosas, Rebecca Yanus and Hector Rosas on these great improvements and thanks to Senator Young and the state for this funding,” Heitzenrater said.


24 October 2018

Dunkirk and state officials announce Senior Center grant

In a demonstration of true bipartisanship, Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas, together with Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R, 150 District) worked hard to secure a $750,000 State and Municipal (SAM) Facilities grant to fund an expansion and renovations to the Dunkirk Senior Center. Senator Young was joined by state, county and city officials in making the announcement, which was held at the center.

Senator Young applauded the work the senior center has already done and shared her enthusiasm for its continued success.

“Our seniors are integral to the vitality of our communities. They are an active and generous presence in many local organizations, where they volunteer their time to help others, and they are caring neighbors, friends and family members to all of us,” said Senator Young. “Ensuring they have the resources they need to live as fully, healthfully and independently as possible has always been a top priority.”

“That is why securing a $750,000 grant to support a critical expansion and renovation of the Dunkirk Senior Center was a key goal for me this year. The city of Dunkirk and the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging worked together to develop an innovative, exciting plan to not only expand the building’s footprint, but the scope of its services,” Senator Young said.

“The addition will enhance the functionality of the center and also accommodate medical offices offering routine health care as well as adult day services. This wider mission will further enhance the center’s value to our seniors and community, and help keep pace with the growing needs of our older population.”

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22 October 2018

Hydrant flushing planned in the City of Dunkirk

During the hours of 12:00 Midnight until approximately 6:00 a.m. starting on Tuesday, October 23rd, the City of Dunkirk will begin flushing water mains and fire hydrants in the city. 

The flushing will take approximately 3 weeks and during this process, residents may experience cloudy water and reduced water pressure.  The Water Department recommends that residents check the cloudiness of their water before laundering and cooking.