12 January 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Proclamation

6 January 2018

Standing room only as city of Dunkirk residents and local, county, and state officials packed the Clarion Hotel Conference Center as Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas hosts Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul to present NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address

5 January 2018

Rec Center Movie Nights


  • January 13, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
  • March 3, 2018
  • March 24, 2018
  • April 14, 2018

Admission: $1.00

Popcorn and beverages will be served. The first movie will be Despicable Me 3. Movie titles will be announced the Monday of each Movie Night Week.

2 January 2018

Press Release

Residents in the 1st Ward in the City may experience reoccurring loud noises starting Wednesday morning, January 3rd 2018, beginning at 7:00 AM and lasting until approximately 3:00 PM for approximately 3-4 days due to scheduled construction happening at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

19 December 2017

Commissioner of NYS Homeland Security Mr. Roger L. Parrino, Sr. and NYS Senator Cathy Young were in the city of Dunkirk this morning shown here with Mayor Rosas at the Water Filtration Plant


Dunkirk City Mayor Wilfred Rosas and State Senator Catharine Young welcomed Roger L. Parrino, Sr., New York State’s Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, to a workshop at the Clarion Hotel Tuesday morning. Mayor Rosas and City DPW Director Randy Woodbury explained how the City’s drinking water intake located one-quarter mile north of Light House Point was threatened by severe storms but received rapid emergency protection.

Pictured are Mayor Rosas and Senator Young standing both sides of Commissioner Parrino, and all three are standing above the buried 36-inch water intake that is now protected by a rock-core revetment to stabilize the lake wall behind the City’s drinking water plant on Lake Shore Drive West. It is a story of danger averted by regional teamwork.

Protecting the Great Lakes shorelines within New York State was the subject of the commissioner’s tour of northern Chautauqua County communities. At the workshop, it was noted that the Great Lakes are visible from the Moon, contain 95 percent of the fresh water in North America and that the water quality is very consistent and reliably treated for use.

Mayor Rosas told the commissioner that the city is very proud of its water treatment plant that uses state-of-the-art granulated activated carbon to filter drinking water for all city residents, for all city industries and businesses, and soon for the new North County Water District that will deliver this high-quality water to State prison facilities in Brocton and to that village and its surrounding area.

Future expansion of the water district will go easterly toward Silver Creek, and the westerly extension now being built may eventually reach Westfield and Ripley.

14 December 2017

Mayor Wilfred Rosas offers his condolences to the family of Mayor Richard Frey

“Mayor Frey served the City of Dunkirk for three terms, and he always had a smile and a handshake for everyone he met.” Mayor Rosas said.

“Being Mayor of a City such as Dunkirk is not an easy task, and to be elected for three terms says a lot about the individual.  While not everyone may agree, service to one’s country, state or city requires courage and dedication, and that is what Richard Frey exhibited every day that he was in office.  He will be missed by friends and family alike.  My prayers go out to his wife, Pat and their children and grandchildren during this difficult time.” Mayor Rosas told the Observer.

The Mayor has ordered the flags over City Hall to be lowered to half mast in honor of Mayor Frey.

12 December 2017

CDBG Draft Comprehensive Plan

The City of Dunkirk’s Department of Planning and Development is preparing the 2018-2020 Consolidated Plan and 2018 Annual Action Plan for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Designated as a CDBG entitlement community by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City annually qualifies for grant funding from HUD for housing and community development projects. In order to receive funding, the City is required to submit a Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan that outline community needs and how grant funds will be prioritized.  A draft of the 2018-2020 Consolidated Plan and 2018 Annual Action Plan will be available for public comment beginning on December 20, 2017. The 30-day public comment period will close after January 18, 2018. A public hearing will be held on January 8, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall where the draft Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan will be available for public review and comment. Community input is an essential part of the CDBG planning process. Dunkirk residents are encouraged to share their comments on the plans. Any questions or comments should be directed to Matt Bourke, Community Development Planner by email at mbourke@cityofdunkirk.com or phone at 716-366-9878.

8 December 2017

The Recreation Center is ready for Business!

Mayor Rosas is pleased to announce that the season’s recreational activities are ready to begin.  This season’s adult and youth recreation activities are once again coordinated through the City’s Recreation Department.  The Recreation Center (located at the Fairgrounds) will be ready for activities starting December 11th with AM Walking weekdays from 7:30 – 10:00 AM, and the official  Play-day for children up to age five (5) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 – 12:00 (children must be accompanied by an adult).

For the first time ever, we will be offering Saturday night activities for elementary, middle school and high school kids. There will be badminton and family movie night added to the lineup at the Rec Center.  Additionally, we are welcoming the return of youth basketball for grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Middle School beginning in January.

For more information contact Ryan Hall at the Dunkirk Recreation Department located at the Senior Center, or call (716) 366-9885.

7 December 2017

Press Release

Residents in the 4th Ward in the City may experience low water pressure Friday morning, December 8th 2017, beginning at 7:00 AM and lasting until approximately 12:00 PM due to scheduled maintenance at the Benton Street Booster Pump Station.

2 December 2017

Howard Avenue Bridge Replacement

The honorable Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas holds another Groundbreaking Ceremony to announce the Howard Avenue Bridge Replacement! Neighborhood Residents are pleased with the news as they’ve waited over 10 years for the Bridge Replacement! This will be another promise fulfilled by Mayor Wilfred Rosas! Construction begins immediately by HK Construction.