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Concerns expressed about CDBG payback

January 19, 2014

When the city of Dunkirk was notified that it would have to pay back some Community Development Block Grant funds recently, there was one group of people taking particular interest....

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Krasnitz

Jan-20-14 12:30 PM

Szukzla: "As far as holding those involved accountable, that is not for the Common Council to decide, it's up to HUD as it is a federal program." Clearly the city will do nothing when council members assume the ostrich position. They become complicit when they won't investigate...

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 10:20 PM

the parallel between city government and "F Troop" grows more each day, and that should be "frightening" to all taxpayers

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DunkirkRez

Jan-19-14 7:18 PM

How about a class-action lawsuit against those who caused this mess and have them pay HUD back!

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 4:51 PM

where are all the Observer supporters on this, must be they are sharing the "storm cellar" with city administrators, but alas, this like other wrong doings will go away in the taxpayers mind, normal time (2) weeks or less

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concerned

Jan-19-14 4:21 PM

Do the feds hand out all this money without guidelines as to how is can be used and who must approve those uses? Why does the city attorney not require all agencies to get federal approvals in writing? Does anyone bother to check into the allowed uses of these grants before applying or simply apply for that free money? As to those who actually believe this will result in legal actions and people being held accountable you are wasting your time! The reason this continues to happen is that no one is held legally responsible and as usual the taxpayer gets bent over and has to pay for the mess!

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Captain

Jan-19-14 3:27 PM

What's that constant humming sound coming from 2nd floor at city hall? Just a couple of paper shredders, that's all.

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 3:14 PM

well, well, well, we have posted more than one time about property tax assessment reduction, and got taken to task for our comments, seems like it not what is posted but who posts it to get intrest

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 3:08 PM

city investigate itself ,"talk" about a "white wash" solution

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localresident

Jan-19-14 3:05 PM

Whomever the person authorized to begin the process of initiating criminal proceedings against, Dolce, Frey, and the people in their circle(s) is, they should begin the process NOW. I would say the audit and followup report is evidence enough to show there should be criminal charges placed, and restitution made based on the outcomes of those charges. 700,000 dollars in only 7 years? They should keep going because we should get an idea of the full scope of things. Ask nicely for the questionable "donatees" to quietly repay their gifts, or face repercussions.

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CadeFoster

Jan-19-14 2:28 PM

So the medical office was operating with no building when it was burned out ?

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CadeFoster

Jan-19-14 2:23 PM

You want someone employed by Dunkirk to do detective work and find wrong doings against the one who pay his wages. Lol.

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DunkirkRez

Jan-19-14 1:24 PM

I believe the DPD has a detective...let him detect!

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hadenough

Jan-19-14 1:19 PM

I suggest googling CDBG regulations. There is a wealth of information there. Also, this administration being saddled with paying back the money should initiate its own investigation. We have a full time lawyer making good money. Put the man to use.

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 1:11 PM

PC, agreeing with is fine and dandy, but lets be realistic, people involved with questionable dealings in this city's government haven't been prosecuted before and we doubt that it will happen in the future' snakes have a way of always slithering away

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Christopher

Jan-19-14 12:52 PM

And once again, Medicor rears it's ugly, protected by the Observer, head!

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Christopher

Jan-19-14 12:51 PM

Shockingly, I agree with every single word...mull that over, EVERY SINGLE WORD...that Phil wrote. There should be an obvious effort to return any money paid to employees inappropriately.

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 12:47 PM

as for newspaper pressuring city for answers, that will happen about the time of never, why would anyone expect this paper to be a real investigating entity, that would be like a leopard changing his spots

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 12:41 PM

and if all else fails, city leaders will say a few mea culpa's and all will be forgiven

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rumblefish

Jan-19-14 12:34 PM

does anybody really believe that there will be a full discloser investigation, what will happen as with all government financial fiascos is HUD may or may not sanction city financially, that's it, they(HUD) doesn't want or need a public (bad press) investigation, now if this was a non public miss handling of funds, you bet there would be a full scale public investigation, and a possible trial to dupe public into believing that they(HUD) was being used by unscrupulous business people

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Captain

Jan-19-14 12:04 PM

doubleringer54: I agree. Phil repeats serious allegations, spelled out clearly in the comptroller's report, yet NO response from the city, and of course, absolutely NO pressure from this newspaper to force a response.

Isn't it interesting that considering how well known JD is when it comes to wasting taxpayer $$$, and the bully pulpit he often uses thru his editorials to admonish it, yet he's suddenly unmoved by this scandal? It makes me wonder if the recent 36% tax assessment reduction (from $550,000 to $400,000) that the city just gave to the OBSERVER bldg has anything to do with this newspaper's failure to help city residents get some answers.

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CadeFoster

Jan-19-14 11:52 AM

Funny how no one says Mayor Frey in the picture, and the behind the scene actions?

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doubleringer54

Jan-19-14 11:16 AM

Very nice, in depth reporting, Phil. I wish we had a newspaper that could do that.

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Captain

Jan-19-14 11:12 AM

It's almost painful to read Michael Michalski try to defend the HUD funds given to MediCor. HUD contends that if HUD funds don't lead to new jobs, it doesn't qualify! If this is true, then the same criteria must apply to Dunkirk Metal Products, yet it was given $69,442, and no new jobs?

IDA Dir Bill Daly just announced that DMP recently bought a Chadwick Bay bldg on Urban Rd (the old Lorenzo Trucking) from the IDA, took its 13 workers from the Deer St bldg, 7 DMP workers from a rented bldg in Brocton and put them all under one roof. No new jobs, just a bigger facility with a "potential" for new jobs, and now located OUTSIDE the city? Since I'm aware of no improvements done at the Deer St bldg, and since no new jobs were created after DMP received $69,442 in HUD funds, what exactly was the money used for?

Here's an interesting question that may help explain where the money went: Who now owns the title to DMP's old Deer St bldg?

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DunkirkRez

Jan-19-14 10:35 AM

And if there was blatant wrong-doing, why should the taxpayer have to pay...make the people responsible pay the money back.

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PhilJulian

Jan-19-14 10:33 AM

(con't) I need to ask one more time, why did the mayor choose to promote a former DLDC official who may have shared the blame for this mess into a highly paid city position complete with full benefits and union job protection? Again, I think there is good reason for an investigation by a higher legal authority not only on the promotion issue but also to determine what involvement the mayor had as a councilman in this whole fiasco.

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