6 October 2017

Hoyt Street Paving

The City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works wishes to notify residents and motorists that Hoyt Street between Doughty Street and Benton Street will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7:00 am until approximately 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 10th to allow for the street to be paved. 

Residents are asked to move their vehicles ahead of the 7:00 am start time.

3 October 2017

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas pictured with Melody DeJohn, a psychiatric mental health therapist at the Chautauqua County Mental Health Center.

“It is important that we as a community come together to recognize and raise awareness of mental illness. Mental health issues are important to address year-round and highlighting them today helps people get the message across in our city,” Mayor Willie Rosas said. “It is important that as city residents we support each other and lift each other up in hard times. The city would like to continue to spread the inspiration and hope through the Kindness Rocks Project that has been spreading throughout northern Chautauqua County.”

The box of kindness rocks, which reads “The Kindness Rocks Project, Take 1 – Give 1 – Leave 1, Kindness Is Contagious, 1 Simple Message Can Possibly Change An Entire Outlook On Life,” will remain at city hall this week and will move to a different city location each subsequent week. Those locations include Memorial Park, Bicentennial Park and the Dunkirk Public Library.

27 September 2017

Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico Relief Fund

Please help the victims of Hurricane Maria that hit the island of Puerto Rico this past week. President Trump has declared Puerto Rico a DISASTER Area.

Donations of WATER, canned goods, First Aid Kits and toiletries are needed.

The collection site located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lake Shore Drive will be open every day for the next several weeks between the hours of 3-7 PM.

Every donation helps, regardless of how small. NO CLOTHES.

Most needed items are batteries (all sizes), flashlights, candles, hand disinfectant, female personal hygiene products, first aid kits, can openers, plastic spoons/forks/knives, and deodorant.

Please give generously to help the residents of Puerto Rico.

Thank you. For more info or to volunteer please call City Clerk Edwin Ramos at 366-0452.

A reminder that monetary donations are being collected for Puerto Rico Relief Fund in the Planning & Development Department…See Hector Rosas-Special Events. Thanks again.

20 September 2017

City of Dunkirk Gears Up for A New Dog Park

                                                                                                            September 19, 2017

For Immediate Press Release

City of Dunkirk Gears Up for A New Dog Park

The City of Dunkirk is pleased to announce the official signing of the lease agreement for the City’s first dog park. After great deliberation, the City passed a resolution to locate the dog park on private property that was generously offered to the city through a $1 per year lease agreement. The property owner, Mr. Robert Jeysman will provide approximately one acre of his land for the Dog Park and a separate parking area for the park. This dog park will be located at 855 Main Street Extension.

The City of Dunkirk’s Planning and Development Department feels this is a step in the right direction for attracting new resident’s to the City. Rebecca Yanus, Director of Planning and Development states that, “the younger generation is looking for new amenities such as dog parks when deciding where they want to live and work. Having this park will not only be an additional feature for the City, but will also be another attraction to bring people here and boost our economy.”

Three quotes have been collected for the price of fencing for the dog park. The City is now in the process of selecting which company they will be going with. This dog park would not be made possible without the help of Purina and their generous grant of $10,000 to get this project started. The cost of the fencing and amenities for the Dog Park will exceed the $10,000 and the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation will now be accepting donations for this park.

The Mayor has expressed that, “I want to thank Mr. Jeysman for his kind agreement to provide the land needed for this dog park. I also want to thank Purina for the generous funding to make this dog park a reality. I look forward to the grand opening of the dog park and the new space that our residents will now be able to utilize in order to exercise their dogs.”

“On behalf of all of the pet lovers at Purina, we are happy to help make this dog park dream a reality,” said Ron Bowers, Plant Manager at Purina’s Dunkirk pet food manufacturing facility. “Pets are at the heart of the work we do every day, and having a dog park in our community will be a great asset for residents and visitors alike. Pets have a great way of bringing people together.”

Donations can be accepted in the form of cash, check, and credit card through PayPal. If you would like to make a donation, all checks should be made out to the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation (DLDC) Atn: Dunkirk Dog Park. In addition, credit cards will be accepted through on the City’s website and at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/CityofDunkirkDogPark, as well as cash which can be dropped off or mailed to the City of Dunkirk’s Planning and Development Department at 338 Central Avenue Dunkirk New York, 14048.  

Dogs will need to be registered with the City of Dunkirk to use this area. Registration will be $5 per dog and funds will be used to maintain the park. To register a dog, current vaccination records (rabies and DHLPP) must be presented when registering. For more information regarding the Dog Park, donations, or the registration of dogs, please call the Planning and Development Department at (716) 366-9876.  


15 September 2017

Our New York State Governor Cuomo issues highly supported Executive Order.


12 September 2017

The City of Dunkirk Department of Planning and Development has received grant funding to address issues related to vacant and blighted housing. As part of the data collection phase of this effort, local volunteers will be evaluating housing and neighborhood conditions throughout Dunkirk. Volunteers will be walking through City neighborhoods starting in mid-September through early October, performing all work from the public right-of-way. The data collected will be used to better understand general levels of investment and disinvestment in the housing stock. Volunteers will not collect any information from residents or information related to the enforcement of local codes. For questions, please contact Community Development Planner Matthew Bourke at 366-9878 or mbourke@cityofdunkirk.com.

30 August 2017

The City of Dunkirk Planning & Development Department working in collaboration with Mike Ferguson of Fredonia Place and Agricultural Transport have agreed to collect donated goods for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

A Portable On Demand Storage unit will be located at the City Pier and will be manned on Thursday from 5-9pm during Music on the Pier, weekdays from 5-7pm, and weekends from 11am-1pm until the tractor trailer is full.

Agricultural Transport, Co. will transport all donated items to Houston for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The City of Dunkirk and Mike Ferguson would like to thank Al Shaw and Jerry Bertges for the use of their warehouse for storage before distribution, as well as City Clerk Edwin Ramos.

For more information, please contact Mike Ferguson at (716) 627-8999

11 August 2017

Press Release

The City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works announces the surface treatment for the following streets in the City on Monday, August 14th, 2017:

Lake Front Boulevard
Pine Street between Serval Street and Warsaw Street
5th Street between Woodrow Avenue and Central Avenue
Woodrow Avenue between 3rd Street and 5th Street

The City requests the cooperation of residents with regard to removing parked cars from the streets and in avoiding the areas while this process is taking place.

8 August 2017

A message from Mayor Wilfred Rosas

OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino

It is with a heavy heart and sense of sadness and loss that we mourn the loss of our fallen officer, Matthew Hazelton.  Matt will be missed by all who knew him.

Please join me and the City of Dunkirk team in extending our sincerest condolences and prayers to the Hazelton family and the members of our City of Dunkirk Police Department.

4 August 2017


During the hours of 12:00 Midnight until 6:00 a.m. starting on Monday, August 7th, the City of Dunkirk will begin flushing water mains and fire hydrants in the city. 

The flushing will take approximately 3 weeks and during this process, residents may experience cloudy water and reduced water pressure.  The Water Department recommends that residents check the cloudiness of their water before laundering and cooking.