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Experts should run for city office

January 13, 2014

I would like to take this opportunity to support the mayor of the city of Dunkirk, Anthony J. Dolce. Despite what a recent commentary in this newspaper said, his effort is not a losing proposition....

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hadenough

Jan-15-14 9:01 AM

Yo fellas. When the Feds get finished investigating whether federal funds were mis used the appointment will be a mute point. As will the salary and all those involved. So sit back and wait.

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Captain

Jan-14-14 5:24 PM

I understand, tfo, and although Phil criticizes the wages of city workers every chance he gets, in this case, I believe he's more concerned with WHO the mayor appointed as the new Rec Dir (and his involvement in this HUD scandal), not necessarily how much he's now earning.

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tellfactsonly

Jan-14-14 3:48 PM

Cap't, Everyone has a right to their own opinions and I do not question yours or Phil's. But if someone is putting out figures as fact I would hope they would be accurate. Not just for rec. director's salary but on any topic.

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Captain

Jan-14-14 2:44 PM

c'mon, tellfactsonly, be serious! The exact amount of money the new Rec Dir makes ISN'T the issue at all! The issue, as Phil noted, is:

"Why did the Mayor promote a former DLDC official knowing that the person promoted may have been deeply involved in the HUD scandal? Is it wrong to suggest that persons responsible should be terminated and forced to make restitution for illegal bonus payments received?"

Accusing Phil of having a personal agenda just b/c he believes the mayor completely mishandled this issue, which I agree with, makes me wonder how close you are w/the new Rec Dir.

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hadenough

Jan-14-14 11:21 AM

All one has to do is file a Freedom of Information request and we can then put the subject to rest. Or Mayor Dolce can inform the public personally. The common council must know the correct salary as it must have been budgeted for in the 2014 budget. So you see there are ways of finding out.

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hadenough

Jan-14-14 11:16 AM

This question is outdated but pertinent to the commentary. When Mr. Makuch was sitting on the common council for all those years, how many times did he vote against the wishes of then Mayor Frey? My guess in none. But I could be wrong. Anyone got the answer?

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tellfactsonly

Jan-14-14 11:14 AM

Phil, if you are relying on your city hall sources then your credibility is already being destroyed. Either you or your sources have a personal agenda.

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PhilJulian

Jan-14-14 9:32 AM

TELLFACTSONLY - my city hall sources continue to insist that the salary for the rec. director is about $50,000. I don't see you giving me a corrected number and a source for your number so I will assume that your objective is to destroy my credibility. Since the new recreation director is alledged to be partially responsible for the over $1 million in mishandled HUD money maybe you could explain why he is still on the city payroll.

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PhilJulian

Jan-14-14 9:24 AM

Where was Mayor Dolce as a councilman when the DLDC was spending over $1 million of inappropriate HUD funding? Why did the Mayor promote a former DLDC official knowing that the person promoted may have been deeply involved in the HUD scandal? Is it wrong to suggest that persons responsible should be terminated and forced to make restitution for illegal bonus payments received? Does Mayor Dolce have the courage to do the right thing or will politics and friendships stand in the way?

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hadenough

Jan-14-14 7:09 AM

Mr Makuch. If memory serves me right the problems you mention in your missive were in effect during your term on the council. What action did you take to address these problems? Nothing. You did what Frey told you to do. You agreed with everything Frey put forward now you chastise the current council. Sir you need a proctological exam to get you head out of your. Well you fill in the blank,

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Deloniak

Jan-13-14 11:23 PM

Isn't there a wounded soldier somewhere in the world Makuch should be kissing? He brought up the paving of the roads...even the roads that were paved are horrible..look at main st by dunkirk ice cream...look at lincoln ave...horrible paving jobs and who signed off on that. The housing stock in the city continues to decline...no new housing in decades...but let's praise officials for spending top dollar on salaries but saving 5 dollars for changing a light bulb to the new energy effecient ones.

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tellfactsonly

Jan-13-14 8:26 PM

There you go again Phil. You can have your opinion about having a rec director but don't make up your own salary numbers. Do some true fact finding on the salary. I guarantee you will find your off by 25-30%.

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concerned

Jan-13-14 8:20 PM

Instead of taking the money from the library how about the over stuffed police pension fund?

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hadenough

Jan-13-14 5:45 PM

In response to the writers comments. The mayor appoints the city attorney. If Mr. Dolce is not satisfied with his performance then get rid of him. The mayor hired the attorney at a salary of $75,000 plus benefits. The previous mayor operated with a part time attorney. The mayor is clueless. Ten years on the city council and he learned nothing. All the appointees can be fired and others hired. They have no protection except that of the Democratic party leadership which I this city wields more power than the mayor. So Dolce will not get rid of the attorney nor any other appointee unless it is decreed.

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PhilJulian

Jan-13-14 5:21 PM

It's no secret that we have a divided and dysfunctional council. But that's not an excuse for a dysfunctional mayor. Mr. Dolce has focused on expanding the city's payroll and that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Does a city our size really need a $50,000 recreation director or was the mayor simply taking care of a good friend who needed the security of a union position? The big question now is will those responsible for mishandling DLDC funds be held accountable with restitution of funds or will the issues be shoved under the political rug when HUD reaponds? I hope Ms. Kiyak will consider running for mayor and Ms. Sekula for council at large. The city desperately needs leadership, the kind of leadership we didn't get from Mr. Makuch.

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commentor

Jan-13-14 11:14 AM

This article is off the mark, however, I do think that this area could do with one Library. I do not think we need two Libraries. The computer age has lessened the use of Libraries, like it or not.

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Dcronlg

Jan-13-14 9:34 AM

Who knew Makuch's expertise was being an expert on so-called experts?

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rumblefish

Jan-13-14 9:01 AM

we think that is a disgrace to link this author with a world famous clown who has brought joy to million, which he could never claim, time is flying has it been a month already

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DunkirkRez

Jan-13-14 8:31 AM

Geez, another bozo who wants to close the library! Probably has his smores ingredients ready for the bonfire too. This "expert" doesn't even realize the $1000 a month to the TV station was Dolce's idea!

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DKexpat

Jan-13-14 8:04 AM

Please bring back that overdue library book - we've been waiting 30 years for you to return man of la makuch.

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rumblefish

Jan-13-14 7:39 AM

and people wonder why the author of this dribble lost bid to be re elected, maybe if he wore a strainer on his head the public would take these rants a little more seriously, but we doubt it

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Christopher

Jan-13-14 7:03 AM

You just KNEW the Library would be mentioned.

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rumblefish

Jan-13-14 6:47 AM

is some one off their meds, over the last three years, how many times has the council not backed and voted(rubber stamped) with the mayor, which also includes a higher budget each year, as for the attorney Dolce hired him, if he's a problem Dolce can fire him, to imply that Dolce is battling a hostile council is as ludicrous as the constant attacks on library funding, what happen did the author of this bull, get fined for over due books and loud talking

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