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Dunkirk: Big cash splash begins year

January 6, 2014

By all accounts, City of Dunkirk Fiscal Affairs Officer Richard Halas has done his job. “The amounts (Halas) has saved the city alone ......

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CadeFoster

Jan-08-14 10:56 AM

Why sign up for the star program ? why not just lower the school taxes on residential homes. Thats what they do now isn't it, but we have sign up to get reduced school taxes.

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PhilJulian

Jan-08-14 8:19 AM

tellfactsonly - we can agree to disagree on this one. There is no way my number is off 25-30% and you still did not provide a number. But let's get back to the reasons for my posting. In a city that is drowning in taxes there can be no logic in adding new union positions to the payroll. Fredonia has a similar population. Do you see a rec. director there? Even if you could justify the position wouldn't it make sense to wait for the HUD report on misappropriation of funds before we promote a person who may be accused of wrong doing? Instead the mayor gave him the job protection of union membership. I'm not saying he is guilty of anything but where there is smoke there is often a fire. The appointment smacks of friendships and politics and it just does not pass the smell test.

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hadenough

Jan-08-14 7:33 AM

The truth is that Dunkirk no matter who is the mayor will spend until the city is broke borrow money and spend again. There are no safe guards in place to save money. Check the payroll for 2012 for the city employees. Some are making close to $100,000 per year. Is anyone saying whoa slow down? Nope. Full speed ahead. All appointees are politically motivated. The qualifications of these people are minimal or non existent at best. Are back round checks performed? No. Are the people holding these positions qualified? Perhaps. The well people is going to run dry then what borrow more money? Infrastructure is falling apart. Work is given out not by the required bidding process but by word of mouth and other niceties. $16 million to get the Water Plant up to standards. As long as it works to h*ll with a scheduled maintenance program. Wait till it breaks then call in a contractor. Take the trash trucks as an example. Forget NRG powering up it ain't gonna happen. Then what

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tellfactsonly

Jan-07-14 9:10 PM

Phil, As someone who participated in rec programs thru the years I do feel there should be a rec. director. Who that person should have been is a matter of opinion. Any appointment would be considered political. As for your sources, if being off by 25-30% is accurate or reasonable then I recommend you find new sources.

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PhilJulian

Jan-07-14 7:29 PM

tellfactsonly - my sources are usually accurate or at least within reason. Why are you not telling us what you believe to be the accurate salary? Why are you not revealing your source? Why are you not revealing your identity? Do you believe it was wise to promote a former DLDC employee who may have been deeply involved in misappropriation of HUD funds? Do you believe the position needed to be filled in the first place or was the appointment simply political? Maybe you could give us some answers.

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Frb002

Jan-07-14 3:05 PM

This is just going back to the same salary that was paid when Frey was mayor. In a city that is struggling financially, you need to pay someone who has the education and experience to handle the finances, so it happens in one or two ways, you hire someone or you contract out. The custodian for city hall makes close to $50k, no one screams about that.

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tellfactsonly

Jan-07-14 1:20 PM

Phil, I checked at city hall and your numbers are off considerably. It is better to wait and know the true facts before making false statements.

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PhilJulian

Jan-07-14 12:21 PM

TELLFACTSONLY - You might have to FOIL at city hall to get a confirmation. SeethroughNY**** has a lot of eye-opening data but not on recent appointments like the rec. director. Many of the salaries of city union personnel are in the $70-100,000 range according to SeethroughNY****.

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CadeFoster

Jan-07-14 11:40 AM

I still would like actual numbers and facts on how much he save the city. Can we get these numbers posted ?

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CadeFoster

Jan-07-14 11:37 AM

WHy do people insulated their homes ? to save on heating and feel comfortable. They Spend money , save on gas bills and feel more comfortable in the home.

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CadeFoster

Jan-07-14 11:36 AM

If you buy a new furnace for your house, you could buy an 80 % efficent or a 95% efficent one. One cost more to run that the other, but one saves you $400 a year in fuel. And will pay back thur saving in wasted gas, for itself during the life of the furnace.

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CadeFoster

Jan-07-14 11:32 AM

depends on what you are buying. If you need food and spend $200 and you saved $90..you saved $90. If you brought 10 pairs of earrings, you wasted money.

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225522

Jan-07-14 10:34 AM

Sounds like my wife coming home from shopping: "Look I saved $90.00 on this purchase!" NO. You SPENT $200.00.

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rumblefish

Jan-07-14 8:45 AM

We also wonder "where" all the defenders of the realm are, you know the pro-city hall crowd, must be long lunch day

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rumblefish

Jan-07-14 8:42 AM

sad part of all this, in(2) weeks or less this latest issue of fiscal impropriety will be tossed on the heap with all the others, short attention span by taxpayers is what this city's administrator's has counted on in the past and they will in the future,*****two years from now all in office will probably get re-elected, like we said short taxpayer attention span(S.T.A.S.)

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CadeFoster

Jan-07-14 8:06 AM

Formulate Observer views ? LOL, get a life. If you would not spend $70K to save $70k you are a poor business person with poor attitude.

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hadenough

Jan-07-14 7:58 AM

Rumble according to a post by Muscato the $20,000 was in the 2014 budget. Meaning of course Dolce and the council had already approved a $20,000 pay raise regardless of the amount of money they claim he saved. So I ask once again how one man can have the authority besides the mayor and council to arbitrarily cut budget lines. It seems the council has no clue as to what the city charter they swore to uphold says. But then again they all hail from the same political party.

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rumblefish

Jan-06-14 11:06 PM

if what JM posted is true, that would mean that council voted to approve mayor's submitted budget for 2014,with 20K raise in it, either they don't read what they approve or they are just giving lip service as always. you know CYA in case someone chooses to stir the pot, we love pot stirring, especially when it so easy to do

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Deloniak

Jan-06-14 10:39 PM

and notice the cowards that formulate the Observers view...John D'agostino Gregory Bacon, Gib Snyder et al don't have the guts to put their name to their opinion but require all who submit their views to people column require their names? Cowards.

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Deloniak

Jan-06-14 10:35 PM

Another dumb stance by the morons at the Observer...what public officials make $50,000+ a year? How about police officers and firefighters...the observer doesn't want to go after those sacred salaries I bet. What ax does the observer have to grind the fiscal affairs officer when clearly there are many within the police and fire ranks who make that and more. What a bunch of morons at the Observer.

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CadeFoster

Jan-06-14 8:22 PM

I agree Rumblefish, just how tremendoue are the savings. And if he saved over $500,000 , great give him a full time position. But he will need to continue to save the city a minumum of his salary plus 70,000 to keep the full time position.

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hadenough

Jan-06-14 7:18 PM

It might do the common council and the taxpayer to read appendix 2 of the city charter which governs the bidding process. It appears that the city leaders are either ignoring instructions set forth in this appendix or he is ignoring the directives which could lead to charges being filed against the city.

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hadenough

Jan-06-14 7:02 PM

As I see it the NRG situation has not been resolved as the PSC has not given its approval. Now for Halas. How can one man save the city money? The individual departments within the city must cut back spending in order for HAlas to look good. This is just another example of good old boy politics in the city. The Democtatic machine is running the city and pulling the strings and Dolce well he just dances to the pulling of the strings. We know who got Dolce elected and now he must pay the piper. Sad that an elected official in charge of a city just barely hanging on can give these pay raises without the consent of council. Council also owes the Democratic machine for their winning. so once again the people in the city take it in the pocket book. Read the city charter people and you will see.

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Stanislaus

Jan-06-14 6:04 PM

On a side note, I actually like Dolce as a mayor. Better him than Strainer Schaeffer.

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Stanislaus

Jan-06-14 6:02 PM

Funny, 50k and 60K is nothing compared to teacher salaries. Dunkirk ranks near the bottom in child comprehension but near the top for teacher compensation. Take into consideration that they pay less in taxes, work 180 days and some actually have their education paid as they teach at a Title I school, and the teachers are the highest paid professions around.

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