17 October 2019


The City of Dunkirk’s Planning and Development Department is seeking local businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday activities on November 30th, 2019. Small Business Saturday is a national celebration that encourages shoppers to patronize local stores.

“Local businesses are so important to Dunkirk’s economy,” said Planning and Development Director Rebecca Wurster. “Every dollar spent at a local business provides a much greater economic impact than a dollar spent at a non-local business, which helps create jobs and increases our tax base. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to highlight the amazing small businesses in our community.”

Local businesses are encouraged to have promotions, special events, or workshops to draw shoppers into their stores. The Planning and Development Department will create and distribute marketing materials to encourage shopping at participating businesses and will host an event on November 30th at D&F Plaza to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Businesses that wish to participate, either at their own store or as a vendor at the event at D&F Plaza, should contact Community Development Planner Jill Meaux at (716) 366-9878 or Dunkirk Festivals & Special Events at (716) 366-9877.

17 October 2019

Mayor Rosas proclaims Thursday, October 17th, 2019 as Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymaker Day In the City of Dunkirk, New York

16 October 2019

City Hall will Host Halloween!

11 October 2019

Governor Cuomo provides funds to Dunkirk

Mayor Rosas proudly announces that today more state funding is coming to the City of Dunkirk that will assist us in addressing one of the many concerns for our City thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“I am excited and pleased to announce that once again Governor Cuomo has granted the City of Dunkirk with needed funds.  His support of me and the residents of this City are never ending, and I am proud of our mutual relationship.” Mayor Rosas stated.

The City of Dunkirk was one of 18 municipalities out of the 3,400 that the Governor selected for these funds.  Mayor Rosas said, “It is due to our City’s high quality drinking water and our pioneering regional North County Water District that Governor Cuomo has chosen the City of Dunkirk as one of 18 of New York State’s 3,400 active governments to receive approximately $600,000 from the State Health Department to accelerate removal of lead fittings of our water lines.”

Randy Woodbury, Director of Public Works stated, “We have already begun doing this as a precaution such as with the new CDBG-paid water lines on Hoyt Street and Seel Street.”

Mayor Rosas said, “Because of the Governor’s special help we can now remove the old lead lines on Bataan Avenue and 700 block of Washington Avenue, and allow us to also get those areas freshly paved as well.”

“All cities have old lead fittings that could pose future problems. In Dunkirk the fittings are protected because the water from Lake Erie is of consistent high quality and essentially all impurities or corrosive agents are filtered out by activated carbon.  However, even with non-corrosive high-quality water, it is best to remove the lead.” Woodbury said.

Mayor Rosas credits our great Dunkirk water to our dedicated water system workers, especially Chief Operator Robert Lawrie, Chemist Kyle Schuster, and Supervisor Rob Curry.  “I feel these individuals, along with our Public Works Director, Randy Woodbury are doing a great service to this City, and their expertise and willingness to ensure the high quality of our water is greatly appreciated.”

“My sincerest thanks and appreciation go to Governor Cuomo as he continues to stand with me and the City of Dunkirk.” Rosas said.

10 October 2019

Voter Registration PSA

10 October 2019

Farmer Appreciation Day Event held at Dunkirk Farmer’s Market

A group of 6th grade students from the Dunkirk Middle School participated in a fieldtrip to the Dunkirk Farmers Market to celebrate the Market’s Farmer Appreciation Day Event. Mayor Rosas was on hand to greet the students and to express his gratitude and appreciation to the market vendors and to congratulate them on another outstanding market season.

This was the final monthly market event for the 2019 season. The market will run continue to run on Wednesdays from 9:00am-2:00pm through October 23rd.

8 October 2019

Washington Park Upgrades Announced

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas is pleased to announce several new upgrades coming to Washington Park.  The improvements will feature new signage, along with upgrades to lighting and other amenities. This project is funded through the Community Development Block Grant program from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Pictured:  CDBG Program Administrator Jill Meaux and Mayor Wilfred Rosas
City of Dunkirk crew members install a new sign at Washington Park.
4 October 2019

Dunkirk Historical Museum Upgrades Underway

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas visits the Dunkirk Historical Museum to view progress made on the building repairs and upgrades.  The Dunkirk Historical Society was recently awarded a $30,000 grant through the City of Dunkirk Community Development Grant Program.  This program, funded through the Community Development Grant program from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is providing funding for museum renovations and upgrades. 

Pictured:  Mayor Wilfred Rosas and James Hurtgen, Dunkirk Historical Society Board President
The Mayor listens as Jane Babinsky talks about the progress made on the project.  Pictured:  Jane Babinsky, Dunkirk Historical Museum Executive Director, James Hurtgen, Dunkirk Historical Society Board President, and Mayor Wilfred Rosas
Dunkirk Historical Society Board President James Hurtgen shows Mayor Rosas new upgrades to the museum’s Palladium windows.
Front:  Jill Meaux, CDBG Program Administrator, Mayor Wilfred Rosas
Back: William Meister Building Manager, Jane Babinsky Dunkirk Historical Museum Executive Director and James Hurtgen Dunkirk Historical Society Board President
4 October 2019

Mayor Rosas Announces Sidewalk Repair Program Underway

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas is pleased to announce that the City of Dunkirk Sidewalk Repair Program is underway.  This program, funded through the Community Development Grant program from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will repair and replace damaged sidewalks in the City.  Mayor Rosas reports that the work is being done in-house utilizing experienced City crews rather than outside contractors thus allowing the program to do more while saving taxpayer dollars.  Work will continue through the fall weather permitting and in the Spring.

Mayor Rosas talks with City crew members
Mayor Rosas visits the City crew members working on Sidewalk Repair Program
24 September 2019

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas presents Major Christina Ramirez of the Salvation Army a $7,000 grant award to support the Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry program.  These federal grant funds are provided through the City of Dunkirk’s Community Development Block Grant program with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).