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!

20 April 2018

HUD Region II Administrator Lynne Patton visited Mayor Rosas and took a tour of the city of Dunkirk. Ms. Patton will announce CDBG funds awarded to the city of Dunkirk in May


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19 April 2018

Effective April 24, if you have Spectrum Cable and want to watch Access Channel 12, you will need to go to channel 1301.

If you have a digital television with digital antenna, Access Channel 12 can be viewed on 21.3.

If you have Spectrum Internet and at least one (1) spectrum cable box, you can download the Spectrum APP using Roku, Xbox 1, or a Samsung Smart TV.

19 April 2018

SCORE Workshop: Starting and Managing Your Own Business

19 April 2018

Prescription Drop Off Day

The City of Dunkirk Police Department and WCA ALSTAR Ambulance in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10AM-2PM.

WCA ALSTAR Services has again graciously provided their North Headquarters for the drive in drop off location. ALSTAR North is located behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in the City of Dunkirk. The prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked.

This is a very important program because any unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issues leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. In many States deaths from Prescription drugs now exceeds those from motor vehicles accidents with opiate painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin leading abuse. Recent reports show that the number of people seeking treatment for painkiller addiction had increased 400 % within the last 10 years. Reports show that one in 10 12th grade students used pharmaceutical narcotic pain killers for non medical use. The reports also show that the majority of the teenagers (62%) using prescription drugs got them from family and friends including from medicine cabinets in their own homes. Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opiods increased 175% over a 5 year period. Recent reports note that there were 6.2 Million Americans aged 12 years and older who abused prescription drugs within the past month with 7 of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers being prescription medicine.

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can eliminate temptation for abuse and the temptation for them to be stolen from a residence. The proper disposal also does not affect the environment which can happen if they are flushed into the sewer systems. Most importantly proper disposal can help lower the deaths rate related to overdose and abuse, especially in our children and young adults.

Please take the time to empty your shelves and cabinets from unused and expired prescription drugs and bring them to the drop off point at ALSTAR Ambulance behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in Dunkirk on Saturday April 18th from 10AM-2PM. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.

Chief David Ortolano
City of Dunkirk Police Department.