21 May 2018

Chautauqua County’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day


The City of Dunkirk will host a “Household Hazardous Waste” collection event on Saturday, June 9th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Lucas Avenue facility. The event is sponsored by the Chautauqua County NYSDEC Storer’s Container Service and Chautauqua Co. Hazmat.

Materials accepted include used auto fluids, drain cleaners, glue, aerosol cans, varnishes, turpentine, solvents, weed killers and pesticides. This is not a complete list and for more information, Chautauqua County residents are invited to call the County Landfill at 985-4785.   Items NOT accepted include batteries, electronics, latex paint and waste oil.

Completed registration forms will be collected from residents on Saturday, June 9th.  Registration forms are available at City Hall in the City Clerk’s Office and in the Public Works Office.  They are also available on the City website.

Registration Form


14 May 2018

Mayor Rosas proclaims May 13-19, 2018 as “National Nursing Home Week”

11 May 2018

10 May 2018

Mayor Wilfred Rosas is proud to announce the Jr. Home Run Derby 2018 is coming to Dunkirk!

“Every year we get requests into my office asking for more opportunities for our young people to become involved in summertime activities.   Those requests have not gone unnoticed and our recreation department coordinator, Ryan Hall has stepped up to the plate, literally.” Mayor Rosas said.

The City of Dunkirk’s Youth and Recreation Department is proud to announce that there will be a Jr. Home Run Derby for our boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 on Saturday, May 26th at Prommenschenkel Stadium beginning at 12:00 NOON!

Rosas said, “This event will be an opportunity for our young boys and girls to participate in an exciting home run hitting contest.”

The Major League Baseball© Jr. Home Run Derby is a free national program that will test the skills and power to determine the best home run hitters in the country.  There are three levels of competition.  Each player must first participate in a LOCAL competition with the champion from each age group advancing to the REGIONAL competition and then on to the NATIONAL competition to be held prior to the MLB Home Run Derby during the MLB All-Star Week.

“This will be the first year for this event here in the City of Dunkirk, and I am excited for this opportunity for our young boys and girls.” The Mayor said.

Along with the Mayor throwing out the first pitch, several of our City Councilmen and staff members will be on-site to participate in the activities.

In addition to the home run contest, there will be food, music, wiffleball, and a movie at Dusk.  The registration date is May 23 at the recreation office.  For more information call 366-9885 or 366-9886; email rhall@cityofdunkirk.com


9 May 2018

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas and Director of Planning & Development, Rebecca Yanus provide an update to members of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) on the $2.5 million dollars in Smart Growth funding through Empire State Development’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative which is being used for two public improvement projects known as Dunkirk’s Pier Improvements Project and the Central Connections Project. The State University of New York at Fredonia hosted Tuesday’s public meeting and featured presentations on economic development initiatives for 2018.

26 April 2018

Dunkirk holds Press Conference to release the summer schedule of events which includes the very popular and award winning Music on the Pier-Summer Concert Series and the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix. Located below is the Music on the Pier promotional video. Enjoy your Summer!

25 April 2018

Wyndham Hotel coming to city waterfront

Substantial development is coming to vacant city property that situated along the waterfront.

During its Tuesday meeting, City Council authorized Mayor Willie Rosas to sign a ground lease to allow developers of Erie Land Development LLC to construct a new Wyndham Hotel on Lake Shore Drive East.

The 80-plus room hotel will be located between Tim Hortons and Clarion Hotel.

A timeline set forth in the agreement details project preparation and the approval processes initiating this spring. If all goes as planned, construction of the hotel would be completed by late 2019.

Wyndham is an upscale, full-service brand with properties located in key vacation and business destinations. Hotels and resorts under the Wyndham brand are spread across 22 countries.

Rosas said following council’s unanimous approval that the lease payment will be made over a period of 25 years. With a 3.75 percent interest rate upon the agreed amount, Rosas said it will cost the developers over $1 million for the lease. Upon signing the contract, Rosas said the developers will be providing a down payment.

“We’re very excited about the hotel coming in,” he said. “We’re excited because it’s bringing the Wyndham Hotel, but it’s also bringing a restaurant and brewery. It’s something that can draw more people here to our waterfront, and that’s what we’re excited about.”

The mayor noted that a feasibility study conducted a few years ago found a need for another hotel within the city. That need is apparent with the Grand Prix speed boat race coming to the Lake Erie watefront in Dunkirk this summer.

“With the boat show, our producers reached out to the Clarion and wanted to book 120 rooms,”Rosas said. “They were able to book about 80 rooms if I’m not mistaken, so these guys are going to be looking for more rooms outside the city.”

Rosas said the Wyndham Hotel will complement the Clarion.

“I believe the Clarion will end up increasing their business because of this hotel,” he said.

When it came to voting, First Ward Councilman Don Williams Jr. acknowledged that it’s “another one of those long time comings.” Councilman-at-large Andy Woloszyn said he read the entire contract and believes it’s in the vast benefit of the city and its taxpayers.

“This is a very big deal for Dunkirk,” he said. “I think it’s great news for the city of Dunkirk, for the waterfront, for tourists and anybody who’d be coming to this area. You’ll now have options, more entertainment options and more stay-over options.”

In addition to the hotel along the waterfront, Erie Land Development LLC is also constructing the Battery Villas apartment development.


24 April 2018

24 April 2018

Vicki Westling and Cooper Stenger pictured at the OBSERVER Lake Erie Outdoor and Fishing Show

23 April 2018

Mayor Wilfred Rosas attended the H.O.P.E. event and visited with the children’s Cultural Dance group in Dunkirk!