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.

20 October 2018

Mayor Rosas announces the second annual Howl-O-Ween at City Hall – October 31, 2018 3-5PM!

18 October 2018

Dunkirk Farmers Market 2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

15 October 2018

Mayor Rosas presents FY2019 Budget

3 October 2018

City of Dunkirk Police Department Communications Center Upgrades

From left: D/Sgt. Daniel Manzella, Chief David Ortolano, Mayor Wilfred Rosas, City Custodian Lou Polichetti and City Electrician Mike Przybycien

After several Months of planning and work the City of Dunkirk Police Department will be working out of a newly remodeled updated Communications Center. The remodeled center replaces operations and equipment that was close to 30 years old.

Realizing that the main operations center of the Police Department was in need of facility updates and modernization Mayor Willie Rosas worked with the Police Department on a plan to move the project forward with budget funds being allocated for 2018 to complete the task. With the Administration approving the 2018 budget the planning and design for the project started in early 2018 and was recently completed.

Desk Sergeant Daniel Manzella coordinated the project for the Department and worked with City Electrician Mike Przybycien, City Custodian Lou Polichetti, City Welder Ken Sek, Chief David Ortolano and several members of the Police Department in the design and remodel process. The entire Communications center was gutted with all of the electrical, communications and  computer/data systems as well as City Hall/ Police Department Security Cameras and Monitors being upgraded and updated. New shelving was built to house electrical and video recording equipment. Once the center was gutted and prepared for renovations Contract Interior Solutions of Jamestown began work on installing the new design concept for the Communications Desk area and flooring. The City’s Communications provider Saia Communications of Buffalo worked on the relocation, updates and installation of the Radio Communications equipment in the Center.

The Communications Center is the heart of the day to day operations of the City of Dunkirk Police Department. With the new upgrades to our Center we will continue to provide the citizens of our Community the best in public safety that we can give them.

On behalf of all the men and women of the City of Dunkirk Police Department I want to thank Mayor Rosas for working with us to get this project done. Thank you to City Welder Ken Sek, Contract Interior Solutions and Saia Communications for their excellent work. I want to especially thank Desk Sgt. Dan Manzella, City Electrician Mike Przybycien and Custodian Lou Polichetti for their countless hours of hard work. Everyone working together brought this project to a completion that exceeded all my expectations.

Chief David Ortolano

20 September 2018

Mayor Rosas proclaims September 2018 as “National Recovery Month”