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18 October 2017

Press Release

Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas would like to thank NYS Governor, Andrew Coumo for his support of the disaster relief activities facing the people of Puerto Rico.  As such, the Mayor is proud to announce that the City of Dunkirk has secured a Humanitarian donation of $314,675.98 in Medical Supplies.  It is through the initial collaboration between Dunkirk Special Events Chair-Hector Rosas in the Dunkirk Planning & Development Department and Tammy Will, an international philanthropist, working for Globus Relief, an international company in Utah, that a huge truckload of much needed Medical Supplies is heading to Puerto Rico via the partnership of the City of Dunkirk, NY and Globus Relief. 

This shipment contains (26) pallets of medical supplies each valued at over $12, 100; the entire Truckload of Medical Supplies is valued at $314,675.98.  This load has been secured and is being delivered by Agricultural Transport of Dunkirk, NY.  The shipping cost of over $50,000.00 has been waived thanks to the collaborative efforts of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas, Sam Hoyt-Empire State Development and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Staff.

Governor Cuomo has also assured us that these much needed Medical Supplies will be shipped and delivered to the Puerto Rico Government to be disbursed to Hospitals in Puerto Rico through collaboration with the US Army National Guard Armory in Buffalo, NY who will ship these essential Medical Supplies to PR.

Again, Mayor Rosas thanks Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sam Hoyt of Empire State Development, The US Army National Guard Armory, Tammy Will of Globus Relief, Agricultural Transport of Dunkirk, NY, Hector Rosas-Special Events Chair in the Dunkirk Planning & Development Department and all of those individuals who were involved in some way or another for working to secure this humanitarian donation of Medical Supplies worth $314,675.98.

At this time, the City of Dunkirk has stopped collecting donated goods here at the Dunkirk Warehouse.  Monetary donations continue to be collected in the Dunkirk Planning and Development Department through its Special Events Division. Hector Rosas informs us that they have already collected over $12,000.00 dollars in monetary donations to date to send to Puerto Rico.

Hector stated, “We have been working diligently here in the Planning & Development Department-Special Events Division following the directive order issued by Mayor Rosas to seek aid for the US territory and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  We want to thank Dunkirk Mayor Rosas and Buffalo Mayor Brown for working collaboratively with local WNY Organizations in the collection of donated goods, specifically Cas Rodriguez of The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, H.O.P.E.-Hispanics Organized for Progress and Education serving WNY, Agricultural Transport, Goya Trucking, Vidal Colon & Friends of Jamestown, NY, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Chito Olivencia-PRACA, Panorama Hispano News,  Hispanic Community Coalition and all of those involved with this great humanitarian effort in WNY in helping to aid our brothers and sisters of Puerto Rico during their time of need”.

Mayor Rosas also gave credit and special recognition to City Clerk Edwin Ramos for his unwavering energy and dedication, to the collection of food, water, and other necessary supplies and goods for the Puerto Rican donation efforts, the City of Dunkirk Fire Department, and all other City staff and all of the private citizens who are too many to name who came out to lend their help that took place over these past weeks at the location on Washington Avenue.

As Mayor I stand proud of our City of Dunkirk staff and residents in their help toward the relief effort for the people of Puerto Rico.

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17 October 2017

Small Business Saturday

The City of Dunkirk’s Planning & Development Department is seeking local businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday activities on November 25th, 2017. Small Business Saturday is a national event that encourages shoppers to patronize local stores. Businesses are encouraged to have sales, special events, or workshops to draw shoppers into their stores. The Planning and Development Department will create and distribute marketing materials to encourage shopping at participating businesses and will host an event on November 25th to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Businesses that wish to participate and be included in marketing materials for the event should contact Matthew Bourke, Community Development Planner at 366-9878 or mbourke@cityofdunkirk.com.

 

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12 October 2017

Dunkirk Farmers Market Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner

Please join us for the 1st Annual Dunkirk Farmers Market Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner on Friday November 17th at 6:30pm at the Dunkirk Senior Center located at 45 Cliffstar Court on Ruggles Street. The proceeds will go to support the Dunkirk Farmers Market 2018 season. The event will be catered by Diana Scott and Studio D catering and will included hors d’oeuvres, wine, music, auction basket and a full dinner.

The Dunkirk Farmers Market is essential in helping to provide fresh, local affordable produce meats and preserves to the community.  The Dunkirk Farmers Market would like to thank Feinen Farms, Fred Farms, Scott’s Farm, Gardens of Eternity, Stella’s Old Fashioned Pierogis and For Peate’s Sake Homestead for a record breaking 2017 Market season! We would also like to thank the Chautauqua County Health Network, Southern Tier West and the Dunkirk Senior Center for their continued support!

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11 October 2017

Public Meeting

A public meeting has been scheduled to solicit community input on the City of Dunkirk’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2018-2020 Consolidated Plan and 2018 Annual Action Plan. The public meeting will be held from 6:00-7:30 P.M. on Monday, October 23rd at Dunkirk City Hall, Mayor’s Conference Room, 342 Central Avenue. Designated as a CDBG entitlement community by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City annually qualifies for grant funding from HUD for housing and community development projects. In order to receive funding, the City is required to submit a Consolidated Plan that outlines community needs and how grant funds will be prioritized.  Community input is an essential part of the CDBG planning process. Dunkirk residents are encouraged to attend and share their input. Any questions or comments should be directed to Matt Bourke, Community Development Planner by email at mbourke@cityofdunkirk.com or phone at 716.366.9878.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 
 
 
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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.  

 

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15 September 2017

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

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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.