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Halfway through term mayor sees hope for city

December 29, 2013

When Anthony J. Dolce took office as mayor of Dunkirk in 2012, he had a good idea of what was in front of him....

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Dec-30-13 1:27 PM

Missing from the mayor's comments was any reference to HUD penalties for the misappropriation of HUD funds by the DLDC as outlined in the state comptroller's report. Will those who received inappropriate bonus money and illegal funding be forced to repay those funds? Will those who authorized the payments be punished? Will taxpayers be penalized for possible illegal activity that they had no control over? We are about to find out if the local HUD office is as crooked as the rest of government.

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Dec-30-13 9:38 AM

Where is the strategic plan for the city? Sounds like more of the same old "we'll take whatever comes our way" approach. That approach has resulted in Dunkirk becoming the social service mecca of western new York. Still thinking about taking up valuable commercial space with another SUNY building on the waterfront?! Great, another SUNY building with one car in the parking lot.

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Dec-29-13 10:50 PM

The article is all about taxpayer funded real estate development. Apparently, that is what Dolce sees as his responsibility as the Dunkirk mayor. Nothing about city services, nothing about uncontrolled costs, nothing about a city with increasing liabilities and decreasing resources. Our mayor has big plans for future taxpayers. I say future taxpayers because there is no way this development can be accomplished within the existing budgets. Get ready for new long term borrowing that include the city guaranteeing loans that no commercial bank will touch because the bank management would lose their jobs if they operated with such fiscal irresponsibility.

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Dec-29-13 9:26 PM

I came up from DC and spent Christmas week with my folks, siblings and all the grand kids. We walked around downtown, the lakefront and a couple of other areas.

Everyone we saw was gracious and friendly, but when I looked for "new businesses" I instead saw empty lots. When I drove down Willowbrook or Lucas or Brigham or Roberts, all I saw was brownfields and all I heard was silence.

The vibrant city of my youth is gone, and despite all or any good intentions, I don't think it'll ever be back.

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Dec-29-13 8:32 PM

Rumor has it Dunkin Dounuts purchased the corner of rt 5 and Main St. Anyone else hear this ? I do not know if it is true or not.

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Dec-29-13 7:11 PM

Here I go again - Color on the seawall rails please. The rails are boring, always have been. Someone run down to Key West and take in the colors.

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Dec-29-13 2:24 PM

Is Dolce delusional? Something to get excited about work starting on the sea wall. As they say build it and they will come. So the city should be bracing for an influx of people to watch the seawall being built. When it's finished then what? Ten years as a councilman and now two years as a mayor and the city has not changed. What does Dolce see for the next two years? Business as in job creation is not going to come to the city. Most likely not even NYS. Dolce talks the talk but cannot walk the walk. As for the Bertges property which is a millstone around the neck of the taxpayers. Just another something to talk about.

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Dec-29-13 10:40 AM

"If it's and buts were candy and nuts....what a Merry Christmas we'd all have" How about making one or two projects actually happen? Seems like we hear about at least 6 or 10 possible projects with no conculision.

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Dec-29-13 10:33 AM

(con't) but excessive taxation and loss of our youth and population loss is a much more serious problem and that should be the focal point. I honestly believe that recent city leaders have no understanding of the fundamental problems facing the city.

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Dec-29-13 10:31 AM

I have no doubt that the mayor has good intentions and he is doing the best he can. Developing the harbor front is important but it should not be our focal point. Our city has a serious image problem and it continues to lose population. The city is seriously lacking in private sector investment while our youth continues to leave and the city continue to lose population. Excessive government and excessive taxation are at the core of the problem. Instead of reducing the size and cost of government the mayor chose to fill the expensive position of recreation director along with six part time employees. Does that sound like a mayor who understands our problem? Neighborhoods continue to deteriorate and our downtown is a disaster area while our standard of living and quality of life continue to suffer. Has anyone seen an effort to help our remaining employers to grow and prosper? Has anyone seen an effort to reduce the size and cost of government? Harbor development is important but (con't

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Dec-29-13 10:18 AM

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Dec-29-13 10:13 AM

Dolce has a serious eye problem!! "Now that we know we're going to be stable." Where is the proof of that??? Nothing has changed and nothing big will happen in Dunkirk.

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Dec-29-13 10:12 AM

only hope is for obama to get impeached along with his fellow sodomites.

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