11 January 2019


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today vowed passage of legislation in the first 100 days of the new legislative session to combat gun violence and make New York’s nation-leading gun laws even stronger. First, the Governor vowed to pass the Red Flag Bill, also known as the extreme risk protection order bill, which would prevent individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm. This legislation builds on New York’s strongest in the nation gun laws, and, if passed, would make New York the first in the United States to empower its teachers and school administrators to prevent school shootings by pursuing court intervention. In addition, the Governor will push to ban bump stocks and extend the background check waiting period for purchasing guns from three to ten days.

“The scourge of gun violence in our nation is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and we are not going to wait for the federal government to act on passing gun safety legislation,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York already has the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, and we are taking additional steps to make our laws even stronger and keep our communities, and our schools, safe. Together, we will pass this common sense legislation and send a clear message to Washington that gun violence has no place in our state or nation.”

“I traveled to schools across the state with Governor Cuomo this past summer to push for common sense gun safety measures like the Red Flag Bill,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, during remarks at the high school attended by Scott Beigel, the Long Island native who was killed during the Parkland shooting, as part of announcement of initiatives of the 2019 Justice Agenda. “We are continuing to rally for legislation that will further combat gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of people who can harm themselves and others. While the federal government fails to protect its citizens, New York will continue to lead the way and enact policies that help stop senseless gun violence and save lives.”

Red Flag Bill

No law currently exists in New York State that enables a court to issue an order to temporarily seize firearms from a person who is showing red flags, like violent behavior, or is believed to pose a severe threat of harm to himself, herself, or others unless that person has also been accused of a crime or family offense. In addition, no state in the nation currently empowers its teachers and school administrators to prevent school shootings by pursuing court intervention.

The law would provide all necessary procedural safeguards to ensure that no firearm is removed without due process while ensuring that tragedies, like the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are not repeated. In this mass shooting, the shooter was reported by multiple sources to be disturbed and dangerous yet was allowed to purchase and possess deadly firearms. In fact, more than half of all perpetrators of mass shootings exhibit warning signs before the shooting, according to a recent analysis. In these cases, an extreme risk protection order could have prevented countless, needless deaths.

Governor Cuomo previously advanced the legislation to keep guns away from individuals who pose a danger with the launch of a statewide campaign to pass the Red Flag Gun Protection Bill last June. The campaign included a series of bus tours to schools across the state to stand in solidarity with students, teachers and school administrators who support the bill and other common sense gun reform.

Ban Bump Stocks

The 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people demonstrated the deadly consequences of bump stocks, which can be attached to semi-automatic weapons to simulate machine gunfire. Bump stocks serve no legitimate purposes for hunters or sportsmen and only cause unpredictable and accelerated gun fire. There is no reason to allow for their continued sale in New York State.

Extending the Background Check Waiting Period

Governor Cuomo previously advanced legislation to establish a ten-day waiting period for individuals who are not immediately approved to purchase a firearm through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Current federal law requires gun dealers to conduct the NICS background check on a potential purchaser prior to selling a firearm, which immediately provides the dealer with one of three possible notifications: “proceed”, “denied”, or “delayed”. In the case of a “delayed” response, the dealer must wait three days before the sale is eligible to go through, even though the FBI continues to investigate these individuals past the three-day timeframe. Oftentimes, by the time it has been determined that the potential purchaser was, in fact, ineligible, the individual has already been sold the firearm upon completion of the three-day waiting period. Extending the waiting period to ten days would allow sufficient time to complete the background check and builds on legislative efforts to ensure that only those eligible to purchase and own a firearm are able to do so.

“Saving lives from gun violence requires leaders like Governor Andrew Cuomo who have the courage to do what’s right,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. “He’s refused to give in to the gun lobby and continued to champion policies that have made New York a leader in addressing this public safety threat. That record continues today as he renews his efforts, with support from state lawmakers, to enact legislation that will better protect New York schools, streets, churches, and neighborhoods. We applaud Governor Cuomo for never backing down and will stand with him in fighting for this new legislation that will make New York communities safer.”

Senator Brian Kavanagh said, “I have been proud to join Governor Cuomo in enacting the NY SAFE Act and other common-sense gun violence prevention policies throughout his administration. As Washington Republicans have refused again and again to take action to protect us, Governor Cuomo, our Democratic colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly, and I have remained committed to doing everything we can here in New York to save lives. I particularly appreciate the Governor’s strong support for enacting extreme risk protection orders, a tool we’ve long sought that will keep guns out of the hands of people who are likely to harm themselves or others. I look forward to working out the bill’s final language and passing this critical legislation promptly in the new session.”

Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon said, “As mass shootings become commonplace, it is critical for New York to do everything we can to ensure the safety and security of our communities. Governor Cuomo’s staunch commitment to gun safety serves as an example for the nation and I applaud him for his continued commitment to gun control. It is crucial that we pass the Extreme Risk Protection Orders, also known as the red flag law, in the upcoming legislative session and I look forward to the Governor signing it into law.”

Assembly Member Patricia Fahy said, “While the federal government turns a blind eye toward mass shootings and gun related tragedies, New York is ready to continue to lead the way on gun safety. Governor Cuomo’s common sense vision for gun control stands in stark contrast to the Trump administration, who is beholden to the NRA. I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and look forward to passing into law my legislation to permanently ban bump stocks in New York State – among other vital gun control measures we can act on this session.”

Assembly Member Amy Paulin said, “Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York State is answering the call for stronger gun safety legislation. After a year that witnessed the most school shootings in American history, it is incumbent upon us to take important, common sense measures to ensure New Yorkers are safe. Many of the mass shootings committed this year were carried out by individuals who should not have owned a gun in the first place. Governor Cuomo recognizes that purchasing a gun should not be an expedited process, and I applaud his call to extend the waiting period for purchasing a gun.”

Mayor Wilfred Rosas said, “Protecting our citizens of the state of New York is of paramount importance for every Mayor and elected official.  As the Mayor of the City of Dunkirk I support the Governor’s position of preventing individuals who are deemed as a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing guns.  The “Red Flag Bill” is a commonsense bill and one that will protect those who are suffering from any form of mental illness as well as those who may become a victim.”

Under Governor Cuomo, New York has passed the strongest gun control laws in the nation, including the SAFE Act which keeps guns out of the hands of convicted felons and the dangerous mentally ill, ensures private gun sales are subject to a background check, bans high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and toughens criminal penalties for illegal gun use. The Governor also recently enacted a law targeting the well-known link between domestic abuse and deadly gun violence.

The Governor has also championed evidence-based gun violence reduction efforts which have received national recognition, such as the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative and SNUG program, which together work to support both law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in the prevention of shootings and homicides involving firearms.

Governor Cuomo led the creation of the “States for Gun Safety” coalition last year to combat the gun violence epidemic in the face of continued federal inaction. Together with New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, New York State entered into an agreement to trace and intercept illegal guns, better share information on individuals prohibited from buying or owning firearms, and create the first-in-the-nation regional gun violence research consortium. Massachusetts, Delaware, and Puerto Rico have also joined the coalition, which now represents over 35 million Americans. Additionally, Governor Cuomo took on the NRA when no one else would, leading the fight to outlaw the NRA-branded “Carry Guard” insurance program, which provides illegal insurance coverage to gun owners for intentional criminal conduct resulting in bodily harm.

8 January 2019

Press Release

Dunkirk residents wishing to dispose of Christmas trees may do so at the Central Garage on Lucas Avenue by placing them on the brush pile.

Residents may leave trees at the curb, call the Garage at 366-4411 and leave the address and it will be picked up when personnel is available.

8 January 2019

NYCOM Third Annual Essay Contest for 8th Graders

8 January 2019

Cold storage warehouse facility work is underway

Mayor Rosas poses with County Executive George Borrello, Planning & Development Director Rebecca Yanus, DPW Director Randy Woodbury and other county officials, as well as Peter Wilson and Peter Krog of 320 Roberts Road Freezer, and Robin Galloway, CEO of Fieldbrook Foods

Mayor Wilfred Rosas said, “The city’s development department has been working on this project for over two years now. To see this come to fruition is an accomplishment that I am very proud of.” Rosas continued, “This is the result of a collaborative effort between the city, county, CCIDA, and Fieldbrook Foods. This project will create new local jobs and further the economic growth and development in the City of Dunkirk. I would like to thank Peter Krog and his team for taking on this project, as well as Rich Dixon for helping us coordinate this project.”

7 January 2019

Youth Basketball League

The City of Dunkirk Youth and Recreation Department will be having their 3rd Annual Youth Basketball League. There will be a clinic followed by 3 weeks of games. This is a great way to learn basketball skills while developing your child’s competitive nature. 

WHERE: Dunkirk Middle School

Two Divisions: Grades 3 and 4 &
                       Grades 5 and 6

COST: $25.00 per child/includes shirt

REGISTRATIONS: Please contact the Recreation Office at 366- 9885 or
45 Cliffstar Ct. Dunkirk, NY 14048 to sign up.

2 January 2019

Mayor Wilfred Rosas’ Statement in support of Governor Cuomo’s inauguration speech

“Governor Cuomo has spent the past eight years working for the residents throughout the state of New York.  His willingness to be a progressive champion to ensure social and economic equality for all, while continuing to be a fiscally-minded centrist, is commendable.  I am proud to support Governor Cuomo and his bold agenda for the next four years, and I commend him for his leadership and dedication.”

Congratulations, Governor Andrew Cuomo on your third term in office.

28 December 2018

Rubbish Collection – New Year’s Week

Dunkirk City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 for New Year’s Day.

As per the 2018 Curbside Collection Schedule, Rubbish in the Tuesday collection zone (District B) will be picked up on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.  Rubbish in the Wednesday collection zone (District C) will be picked up on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.  Rubbish in the Thursday collection zone (District A) will be picked up on Friday, January 4th, 2019.  Rubbish in the Friday collection zone (District D) will be picked up on Saturday, January 5th, 2019.

Copies of the Curbside Collection Schedule, which are valid until February 28th, 2019 are still available in the City Clerk’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office & Public Works Department as well as the City’s website www.dunkirktoday.com.

20 December 2018

Mayor Wilfred Rosas and the Dunkirk Police Department participate in Santa for Seniors Holiday Gift Bag Program

Pictured from left are: Officer Joseph Carruth, Off. Matthew Martinez, Mayor Wilfred Rosas, Chief David Ortolano, Off. Amy Noble, Off. Edwin Gomez, Off. Darren McIntyre, Lt. Mark Polowy, Off. John Arns

The City of Dunkirk Police Department along with Mayor Willie Rosas loaded up the Santa for Seniors Holiday Gift Bags and delivered them to Senior Citizens in the Community on Tuesday. The bags were delivered and Officers spent time visiting with the Senior Citizens who were the recipients. Earlier this month the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association (PBA) partnered with Community Bank’s Central Ave. Branch and donated $500.00 to help defray the cost of the bags which go to Senior Citizens in need who were chosen by Chautauqua County Office for the Aging to receive them. Recipients of the gift bags which contained a Holiday meal and daily living items commented that they were happy and blessed to receive the bags and enjoyed the company of the Police Officers who delivered them. The Dunkirk Police Department wishes to thank Community Bank for being part of this program with us and we want to also thank Dr. Mary Ann Spanos and Kate Finch from Office for Aging for allowing us to participate in this wonderful outreach to our Senior Citizens.

19 December 2018

Mayor Rosas announces LED project and grants!

A plan that was two years in the making finally saw the signing of the contracts Monday.

At Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Wilfred Rosas announced the New York State funded LED Project.

“The city of Dunkirk is going to be the model for other municipalities across the state of New York,” Rosas stated. “So they are monitoring the progress of this project.”

As an incentive, the city received a $100,000 check upon signing.

“Mayor Wilfred Rosas and LED Energy Solutions are pleased to have formed a partnership to provide energy and cost efficient lighting throughout the city of Dunkirk facilities and along their streets,” LED Energy Solutions President Steve Hotz announced. “The city of Dunkirk has taken a lead role in becoming a ‘Smart City’, that will promote our efforts towards becoming a cleaner and greener community.”

According to Hotz, there will be no money paid out of city coffers and that the thousands of dollars saved, will pay for the project without hurting the taxpayers.

Also, Hotz told the council and attending citizens alike, that the initial interest rate for this project was 2.99 percent, however, through the negotiation efforts of Mayor Rosas, the interest rate was reduced to zero.

This LED lighting project aligns with New York’s Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program, which encourages New York State municipalities to complete at least four designated clean energy actions that will save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment, allowing for additional grants and funding.

“This is only phase one of the energy saving platform for the city of Dunkirk,” Hotz added. “Phase two will bring solar and geo-thermal, along with HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). The accumulation of these energy saving measures will create a result of net ‘0’ energy, and put the city of Dunkirk on target for future financial and energy savings as well as meeting the energy requirements that will be in place by 2030.”

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the 2018 Consolidated Funding Application Awards.

“I am very happy to announce that the city of Dunkirk has been awarded three grant projects,” Mayor Wilfred Rosas stated at Dunkirk’s Common Council Meeting.

The first grant is a two-year grant totaling $225,000 for the Great Lakes Grand Prix Boat Races, the second is $500,000 for the developers of the city’s hotel project, the Dunkirk Wyndgate and Recreation Center Project, which will feature a new 83 room, nationally branded hotel, restaurant, distillery, swimming pool and multi-recreation center.

“This was the catalyst that we needed to move this project forward,” Mayor Rosas added.

The third was $73,155 to Chautauqua County, in partnership with the city of Dunkirk, village of Silver Creek, towns of Hanover and Westfield and the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. This grant will install five ADA accessible kayak launches to help increase water recreation and public access to Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie.

“I sincerely want to thank Gov. Cuomo and New York State for recognizing the importance of these projects, and for the funding for the revitalization of the city of Dunkirk,” Rosas said. “There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes from our development department, and I can’t say enough about how proud I am of the work that they have done.”


6 December 2018

City of Dunkirk awarded the 2018 Best Western New York Hot Spot by Lake Erie Living Magazine

The city of Dunkirk has been recently awarded the 2018 Best Western New York Hot Spot by Lake Erie Living Magazine’s Best of Lake Erie in 2018 edition.

“This is a great honor and an exciting time for Dunkirk,”Mayor Wilfred Rosas started at the Common Council meeting held on Tuesday night. “Thousands of people read Lake Erie Living Magazine and we are excited to be recognized as a Western New York hot spot along Lake Erie. This type of positive publicity helps draw in new visitors and tourists to our area and helps improve our economy. I look forward to the future development of our city and making it an even more exciting place to visit, live, work and play.”

Rosas went on to thank all of the Development Department for their hard work which helped the city achieve the illustrious award. However he gave special mention to Hector Rosas, the special events coordinator, who in Rosas’ words, has “been working diligently since I’ve been in office, and we’ve received numerous awards.”