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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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rumblefish

Jan-06-14 8:45 AM

we don't know of a dollar figure that covers "tremendous", but it doesn't surprise us that La Dolcee did this, we remember original salary amount being questioned at a council meeting, so not publishing a $$$ on savings is not a surprise, must be all that Phantom pilot payment revenue is "burning a hole" in the administrations pocket"

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rumblefish

Jan-06-14 8:58 AM

next thing the taxpayer will be told by city administrators "we" "already had provisions for this in the budget" excuses and justification doesn't make spending admissible, but taxpayers should be used to this by now, same agenda no change "raise the bridge not lower the water" is this administration's creed and motto

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rumblefish

Jan-06-14 9:16 AM

another question that should be asked:" why 20k, not normal raise like 5% or even 10%, this " farce on the taxpayer" makes us believe this was "pre-planned" when Halas was hired

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commentor

Jan-06-14 11:00 AM

Monkey business as usual in Slumkirk. What was it Dolcie said the other day about things are good in Dunkirk and looking up in the future? He needs an eye exam.

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MikeDavis

Jan-06-14 11:02 AM

This reminds me of the teachers when there is a levy up for vote. "It's for the children" is the mantra, until it passes. Then the jackals are on strike until they get a salary increase and more money in their pension fund. For the children my backside.

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PhilJulian

Jan-06-14 12:39 PM

At least there is value in a good fiscal affairs officer. Would someone please explain why we need a $50,000 Director of Recreation, complete with benefits and union protection in spite of his possible involvement with inappropriate handling of CDBG funds. Do you get the feeling the NRG settlement was the equivilent of a blank check for the city. If we want to talk about a rip-off how about the $60,000 that we pay for the mayor?

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jamesamuscato

Jan-06-14 2:03 PM

The 20K was approved in the 2014 Budget passed in November.

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tellfactsonly

Jan-06-14 3:11 PM

Phil, I cannot find any info that rec director makes $50,000/yr +benefits. Where can I find this fact.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 11:37 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 11:40 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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