28 August 2018

September Brush Pickup


The City of Dunkirk Public Works Department announces that brush pickup will begin on Tuesday, September 4th in District A.  District B will be picked up the week of September 10th, District C will be picked up the week of September 17th and District D will be picked up the week of September 24th.

Brush must be at the curb by 7:30 am on the Monday of the respective collection week but no earlier than the previous Saturday. City crews will collect each area only once.  Brush placed at the curb after the crews pass by will not be collected and will be ticketed as a violation of the City Code and property owners will be prosecuted.  Brush should be bundled with string or twine no more than 4’ long, diameter of no more than 18” and shall weigh no more than 65 pounds.  Bundles should be placed between the sidewalk and curb but should not be placed near any posts, trees, water or sewer boxes, etc. which could be damaged during removal operations.  Brush placed on City property other than the area fronting the respective residential property will be ticketed.

City residents may also drop brush off at the Public Works facility on Lucas Avenue.  When dumping, note the separate pile for leaves, pine and other woods. Please do not mix.

You may refer to the 2018 Curbside Collection Schedule for further information.


24 August 2018

Mayor Rosas expresses gratitude for boat race

“There are not enough words of gratitude to express the appreciation that I feel for last weekend’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2018 Power Boat Race and the many residents and visitors who attended,” Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas said.

The Race World Offshore Grand Prix Racing event that took place off the shores of Lake Erie was streamed live to 105 different countries. This event was something that many in this area have never witnessed before.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime spectacular event,” Mayor Rosas said. “And I want to personally thank the many individuals, sponsors and volunteers who made this weekend happen.”

When asked how this event came to be, Mayor Rosas said, “We knew the air show wasn’t returning to Dunkirk this year, so I challenged our Special Events and Festivals Coordinator Hector Rosas, to bring a big boat race to our lake shore, and he came through. He did the research and contacted Race World; once Race World said they were on board, the work really started. Sponsors were needed and Hector and his team did an outstanding job bringing in corporate sponsors as well as many of our local businesses. Through meetings and brainstorming sessions, we came up with creative ideas for bringing in funds such as banners to be placed along Central Avenue. Once again, Hector made it happen. And this past weekend was the final result.

“Special recognition and thanks must also go out to our DPW Director Randy Woodbury, and his staff,” Rosas continued. “We had our Streets Supervisor Mike Porpiglia and Parks Supervisor Russell Tenamore driving the Gators, running errands, and the other DPW employees were on hand to do whatever was needed,” Mayor Rosas said.

Mayor Rosas went on to thank everyone involved, “Police Chief Ortolano was out there directing traffic, and all members of the City’s Police Force were interacting with the residents and visitors on the pier, the beaches, Lake Front Boulevard and anywhere and everywhere people were gathering. Our Fire Chief Mike Edwards and the EMT’s, firefighters were just as visible with trucks and equipment ready should there be an emergency. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of these two city chiefs and their departments, they are just the best. People felt safe and welcome seeing our police and fire men and women mingling among them,” Mayor Rosas said.

Mayor Rosas also commended members of his team who volunteered their time to ensure that what needed to be done was done.

“I must also thank Councilman Marty Bamonto and Councilman Mike Civiletto who were on hand to provide directions and assistance wherever needed, and especially for their help in working with the racing teams,” he said.

The boat owners, drivers, CBS Sports and everyone involved was excited and comments such as, “This is the greatest venue we have seen on any of the Great Lakes” and “We’re coming back” were heard throughout the weekend.

Many of our local and county elected officials were on hand to share the experience on the waterfront. Special thanks go to County Executive George Borrello, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, and several of the county legislators who were also in attendance. The area had many sponsors representatives on hand as well, to include Dan Reininga, President & CEO Lake Shore Bancorp, Mark and Kurt Maytum and the Maytum Family from DFT Communications, and Athenex Vice President Teresa Bair.

Mayor Rosas said, “This weekend would not have been the success that it was without each of the individuals working together with the Special Events Coordinator, Hector Rosas and his team to include Brayden Manzella, Robert Rosas and of course our Dunkirk Access crew, Gabe Taylor and Lee Woodard. This weekend was all about the community, and I’m ready to do it again. Bring it on.”

Special Events & Festivals Coordinator Hector Rosas and Development Director Rebecca Yanus have already submitted a draft proposal to the “I Love New York” campaign for next summer.

17 August 2018

World Champion Sand Sculptor-Dan Belcher returns to Dunkirk, NY!

World Champion Sand Sculptor-Dan Belcher is here from St Louis, MO for (3) days to begin creating his Sand sculpted Masterpieces on Dunkirk’s Pristine Beaches! Stop by and say hello or watch from the Lake Wall area! Each masterpiece takes approximately (8) hours or more to complete! Also look for the Jickster Tour Bus! (97 ROCK-FM Stereo)! The Beach Bash, Today’s Community Parade, Power Boat Racing and Air Show, Food Trucks and much more!

16 August 2018

August 16, 2018 – Music on the Pier-Summer Concert Series CANCELLED

Due to the inclement weather forecast for this evening, tonight’s Music on the Pier-Summer Concert Series 2018 has been CANCELLED. We are hopeful to reschedule this particular line-up at a later date.

13 August 2018

Schedule of Events for Dunkirk’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2018

10 August 2018

Mayor Rosas proclaims August 10, 2018 “Matthew L. Hazelton Day” in the City of Dunkirk

7 August 2018

National Night Out 2018

On Tuesday August 7th the City of Dunkirk will be joining 30 million other citizens from over 9000 communities nationwide in celebrating National Night Out. This is the 25th year that the Dunkirk Police Department is sponsoring Night Out in the City of Dunkirk. When many Communities have stopped their Night Out Programs our program is going strong and still growing after 25 years. This is directly related to the dedication of our Night Out Coordinators, the Police Department, Fire Department and the citizens of our Community in working together as partners to keep our City safe. We will have some special events to celebrate our 25th year and will announce the 50/50 raffle winner.

National Night Out is designed to give strength to neighborhood crime and drug prevention efforts and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and not afraid to fight back. Our National Night Out program is directly correlated to our neighborhood watch programs that are active throughout the community.

On Tuesday August 7th citizens in Dunkirk will be locking their doors, turning their lights on and spending the evening with their neighbors, Police Officers, Firefighters and City Officials. Again this year we will have one centralized Night Out location at Washington Park. This will be the fifth year we have done the central location and we encourage everyone to come to Washington Park for the evening. Our coordinators will be working together on this event and we ask that anyone who can assist to please come to the Park before the event begins to help with set up. Also as in the past we also appreciate anyone who can to bring a desert to pass. The coordinators, who are the same dedicated citizens who work on our neighborhood watch program, donate a tremendous amount of time and work to this program every year, my hat is off to them as they make it all happen. The coordinators along with the support of the local businesses who donate to our program truly make Night Out the success that it is.

The Police Department will be at Washington Park during the evening with patrol cars, McGruff the crime dog you can meet our K-9 Gunny as well. Everyone from our Senior Citizens down to small children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our Police Officers, this emphasizes the importance of the Police community partnership and pride in the community and allow for positive interaction between our citizens and our Police Officers. Also participating again this year will be the Dunkirk Fire Department. The Fire Department has joined forces with us and their participation is a huge success, it is important to show that we all are committed to making our community a safe place. The interaction between the Police Officers, Firefighters, City Officials and community residents build positive relationships that will benefit the entire community.

As an added bonus this year we will have music by Zen City featuring Frank Beach, Bill Sutton, Justin Jakubowicz and Don Hinman. We have coordinated with the Recreation Department to have the Movie in the Park series at dusk to cap off our Night Out event. This year the movie will be Zootopia. We will have picnic tables to sit on or you can bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Park to sit on and enjoy the Movie.

***Again this years celebration will be held at Washington Park and we encourage everyone from all Wards of the City to attend. Night Out celebration will start at about 6:30PM with our usual activities and then cap off the night with a movie in the park donated by Family Video featuring Zootopia at dusk (approx. 8:30PM).

Fifth Street will be barricaded from Washington Ave. to Park Ave. to allow those attending Night Out a place to park. There is also plenty of parking on Washington and Park Ave. in the surrounding area around Washington Park for everyone to attend the celebration.

Also as a reminder the coordinators could use a little extra help and we ask anyone with a few minutes to show up a little early and help with set up or stay a few minutes afterwards and help with clean up. We also stress that parents do not send their children alone to the events, this program is a family event and is devised to show the children the importance of the community working together.

A strong Police/Community partnership within the community is the best weapon we have in keeping our City safe. It only takes a few minutes of time to get out and get involved and make a difference in the community. We have seen a very large change in the program over the years and more families are becoming involved, that is what this program is all about. As the program grows so does our commitment to working together to keep the community safe.

The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and dedication over the years. Our many thanks to Tops Markets – manager Scott Obert, WalMart-manager Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs- Cody Britton,  P&G Foods- Gary and Patty Damico,  Paper Factory- Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Save A Lot- Kevin Connelly, McDonalds Restaurant, Barts Cove – Jason Schrantz, G&E Tents- Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Music by Zen City, Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Bounce Chautauqua – James Fisher, Atlas Comfort Cabins – Roger Gloss, Family Video – Manager Shelby Saylor, and Dave & Gina Kron from Tim Hortons. Many of these sponsors have been part of National Night Out for a very long time and they donate services, food & refreshment items or financial support for our program, we could not have the success we do without their support. A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM , Access 12, The Observer, the City Administration and our DPW and Parks Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event, together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.

7 August 2018

VIP Tickets for Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2018 now on sale!

The Dunkirk Planning & Development Department is selling VIP Tickets for the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix 2018 in the Dunkirk Special Events Office at 338 Central Avenue (Suite 210), Dunkirk, NY. Advance sale tickets are $50 and include food catering, live coverage of the event, possible pictures and autographs with racers, up close view of CBS Sports interviews. and cash bar. Tickets are selling briskly!

6 August 2018

City Speaks

31 July 2018

City Speaks

The Next City Speaks Show will feature members of the Great Lakes Grand Prix Offshore Boat Race as well as Mayor Wilfred Rosas and Special Events and Festivals Coordinator Hector Rosas and will air Friday, August 3rd at 3:00 on Spectrum 1301.  You can also watch City Speaks at your convenience by going to dunkirkaccess.com

The Great Lakes Grand Prix Boat Race will take place on our waterfront August 17th – 19th.

The following show (Thursday, August 9th) will have Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto and Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Civiletto as guests.

Send questions or comments to vwestling@cityofdunkirk.com, mail Vicki Westling 342 Central Ave. City Hall, Dunkirk, NY 14048, or drop them off in the City Clerk’s Office.

To watch City Speaks, a show that provides our residents with insight to the happenings around the City and the administration, go to Spectrum Channel 1301 daily at 3:00, or watch via the internet at www.dunkirkaccess.com you tube any time.