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”

19 September 2018

City Speaks – September 20, 2018

City Speaks will have 3rd Ward Councilman Shaun Heenan and 1st Ward Councilman Don Williams as guests on the September 20th show.  The September 27th show will feature Planning & Development Director, Rebecca Yanus.

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 and 10:00 P.M., or watch via the internet at www.dunkirkaccess.com YouTube any time.

17 September 2018

The Chautauqua County Hometown Heroes Veteran Memorial Group needs help identifying any friends or family of Ramon Ortiz-Duran – U.S. Army

The Chautauqua County Hometown Heroes Veteran Memorial Group http://chqvmwmemorial.org is asking for help identifying any friends or family of Ramon Ortiz-Duran – U.S. Army a local Chautauqua County resident that went MIA in 1952 in the Korean War.

Ramon Ortiz-Duran
D.O.B – 1926
MIA -Feb. 06, 1952
Korean War

Looking for:

  • Photo- in uniform if possible
  • Next of Kin
  • Unit he served in
  • Any awards in service
  • I.D. #

Anyone with any information on Ramon Ortiz-Duran please contact:

Mr. Jim Kurtz
121 South Erie Street
Mayville, New York 14757
Phone: 716 -753-7734
E-Mail jamesvkurtz@outlook.com

7 September 2018

Picnic at the Point 2018

6 September 2018

North County Water District officially online

4 September 2018

Mayor Rosas Announces Extension of Splash Pad Season

Fresh off of the City’s Wright Park Improvements Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held this past Friday afternoon at Wright Park, Mayor Rosas announced today that the Wright Park Splash Pad will continue in operation for an additional week through Sunday, September 9th. This week’s weather forecast is calling for some very warm weather and the Mayor is happy to extend the season an additional week to help residents beat the heat. The Splash Pad will continue to be available from 9:00am until 8:00pm.

29 August 2018

Mayor Rosas congratulates ECR International on their 90th Anniversary at their Dunkirk facility!

ECR International recently held an Open House to commemorate their 90th Anniversary at their Dunkirk facility.  Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas was there to congratulate Dunkirk Plant-CEO, Ron Passafaro.  ECR International is headquartered in Utica, NY.  Nearly all 100 employees attended the Open House event with their families.  The Mayor stated, “We appreciate companies like ECR who have made such a long-term commitment to the City of Dunkirk and its’ citizens and continue to do so”, noting the company’s recent $1.5 Million investment in new CNC and laser machinery for its sheet metal operations on Middle Road in Dunkirk, NY.  

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.