3 June 2020

Mayor Rosas announces a monthly informational piece called Code Corner

Code Corner will include an educational section that explains different code requirements as told by our City’s Code Enforcement Officers. Mayor Rosas states, “I hope that this literature will help educate our residents on the City’s Building and Zoning Codes, as well as help maintain and enhance our City’s neighborhoods. It is important that our residents understand that zoning requirements help determine how one can use the land and what type of structures can be built on it, while building requirements define standards that all structures must meet to ensure the community’s safety.” 

#1: Identify Building Numbers

Address identification and building numbers are essential to locating homes and businesses.  Whether in a city, town or village, properly identified buildings help avoid confusion and make finding specific buildings as easy as possible.  They are used by US Postal Service for mail delivery as well as other various delivery services, but more importantly, they are vital to emergency services personnel such as police, fire and ambulance services.  In New York State as well as the City of Dunkirk, the display of building numbers is also the law.  

According to the Fire Code of New York State, these rules apply to new and existing buildings.   The address identification, or building numbers, must be at least 4 inches high and ½ inch thick.  To ensure they may be seen from the street, they must be legible and installed in a conspicuous location on the building.  They must be a different color than their background, so they are easily seen rather than blending in.  They must either be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters and the numbers must not be spelled out.    

For the safety and convenience of your family, tenants, employees, customers or visitors, please take the time to ensure that your buildings are properly identified.  The few seconds or minutes saved by emergency personnel by having properly identified buildings, could save a life.  The City of Dunkirk Housing, Building and Zoning Office is responsible for ensuring compliance with these regulations and our personnel are available to answer questions pertaining to the address identification requirements.  To contact the Housing, Building and Zoning Office, call (716) 366-9858 or email building@cityofdunkirk.com

1 June 2020

PPE and Hand Sanitizer for Businesses

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced the availability of PPE masks, hand sanitizer and other items for city businesses. Businesses can access the items by going to the Chautauqua County Emergency Services’ website at www.chautcofire.org, filling out the downloadable form and sending it to contactus@chautcofire.org.

Rosas stated, “I want to thank John Griffith, Chautauqua County Emergency Services Coordinator, for reaching out and letting me know that these items are available to our community. We are eager to help our small businesses reopen and every donation from our partners helps. We are all in this together and I believe that Dunkirk’s businesses are resilient and will work hard to reopen safely.”

28 May 2020

City of Dunkirk DPW Committee Meeting

The City of Dunkirk held its first DPW Committee Meeting via Zoom. To view it visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/yPN_JJTV6URLW6_XsB-BQYQrPqa8T6a8gSRMqPEJmBl0syFRjCAQDCrO7RABsyZG

26 May 2020

2020 Small Business Grant Application and Guidelines

23 May 2020

Legacy of Heroes – Dunkirk Middle School Band

21 May 2020

Mayor Rosas announces the City of Dunkirk’s “Back to Business Small Grant Program”

Mayor Rosas announces the City of Dunkirk’s “Back to Business Small Grant Program”. This program is intended to help businesses in the City of Dunkirk keep their employees on payroll and stay afloat during these times of economic hardship due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Applications and guidelines will be made available on Tuesday, May 26th and can be found on the City’s website, emailed, or mailed to interested businesses. Businesses are encouraged to apply for this funding to help make payroll, to pay bills, and keep their operations going.

This Program will be administered by the City of Dunkirk Planning and Development Department and allocated in accordance with program guidelines. This Program is meant to bridge the gap for a brief financial hardship period with funding provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant Program.

For questions or interest in acquiring an application please reach out to Rebecca Wurster or Jill Meaux through email at rwurster@cityofdunkirk.com and jmeaux@cityofdunkirk.com or phone at (716) 366-9879.

21 May 2020


Mayor Wilfred Rosas has announced the cancellation of the following 2020 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Dunkirk Memorial Day Parade
  • First six weeks of Music on the Pier (June 4 – July 9)
  • Great Lakes Experience Festival
  • Blues Bash
  • July 4th Celebration
  • Dunkirk’s Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix
  • Lake Shore Street Rod Assn. Annual Harbor Cruise
14 May 2020



Click on link above^ to view Flyover times for our area for The National War Museum’s “OPERATION THANKS FROM ABOVE” taking place Saturday, May 16, 2020. Dunkirk flyover at approximately 10:20am. Enjoy!

12 May 2020

OPERATION THANK YOU flyover – Saturday, May 16, 2020

The City of Dunkirk would like to thank The National War Museum for including Dunkirk in their OPERATION THANK YOU flyover on Saturday, May 16, 2020. We at Dunkirk Festivals& Special Events were able to work with some community partners to secure some funding to offset the fuel costs, marketing, etc. You will see two popular Military planes in this flyover. The C-47 (Whiskey 7) used in WWII and the P-51 Mustang which was instrumental in turning the tide and ending WWII. There will be Maps and more information to follow. Our thanks to all of the frontline workers and service providers during this Covid-19 pandemic and the local sponsors who became involved in making this happen. Thank you: LSSB; Graf Realty, Rotary Club, Rookies and Farrell Roofing. To the pilots involved in the flight plan, fly safe. Click on link below! Thanks again National War Museum.


1 May 2020

Brush Pickup

The City of Dunkirk Public Works Department announces that brush pickup will begin on Monday, May 4th in District A.  District B will be picked up the week of May 11th, District C will be picked up the week of May 18th and District D will be picked up the week of May 26th.

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 2020 Curbside Collection Schedule for further information.