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One solution to many city concerns

January 24, 2014

Is a Citizens Advisory Committee in the city of Dunkirk still a viable idea? It is if you ask a small committee of five who gathered in the second-floor conference room to discuss a number of issues......

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CadeFoster

Jan-27-14 8:57 AM

There were back door deals and payouts !!!!!!!!!! Dont forget who not only owned the lot, but who was the listing and selling real estate agent on the deal.

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CadeFoster

Jan-27-14 8:56 AM

There were back door deals and payouts !!!!!!!!!!

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hadenough

Jan-25-14 1:59 PM

It seems that something has stirred up the people and a lot of information not known before is coming to light. There is quite a bit going on in city hall that the taxpayer does not know about. In a city of 12,000 people the wages paid are out of line. If the previous mayor did in fact hold a position with Carriage House while being mayor just goes to show how much he had the taxpayers interest at heart. The purchasing of the Betrges property at a price way above the appraised value should be looked into. And is it not strange that the checks and balances set up to insure the best bang for our tax dollar that would be the common council always went along with what the mayor wanted. Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars have been spent on projects in the name of tourism have not brought one dime into the city coffers. Something stinks and it sure ain't the dead fish as its winter.

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rumblefish

Jan-25-14 1:10 PM

how many people knew that Frey held a position with Carriage House all the time he was mayor of the city of Dunkirk, wouldn't that have been a conflict of public and private concerns

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rumblefish

Jan-25-14 1:03 PM

noting is done at city hall without the approval of the county's godfather, all the people have to do is look at hires and appointments over the years, only one man has the power and influence to accomplish that, and those that know, know, it that dirty little secret that 95% of the public doesn't know about, and responsible journalists won't touch with a 10' pole

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hadenough

Jan-25-14 9:14 AM

Teflon Tony started out at approx. $45,000 when hired by Frey. His salary jumped to $55,000 less than a year on the job. Not bad for a man who had no prior Public works experience nor a college degree in his field. Time for the common council to wake up and look into these salaries. All ya got to do is read the city charter which can be found on line.

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hadenough

Jan-25-14 9:10 AM

Rumblefish to take your comment one step further look at the position of city attorney who also had ties to the person of whom you speak. And look at the salary at which he started at. Not bad for a guy who walks the halls of city hall. Don't you think?

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rumblefish

Jan-25-14 7:30 AM

as for favoritism in job hire or appointments, one has to only look at who is in charge at the Lucas ave. barns, and who his father is from what we here his only qualification to run street dept. is running BBQ's and catering on city time

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rumblefish

Jan-25-14 7:25 AM

less money highly doubtful, did Frey and Teflon Tony work together at Carriage House, yes and from what has been told by more than one source is that he is related to present mayor, so "friends and Family" may very well apply in this case, but we doubt that it is an "isolated" one

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jamesamuscato

Jan-24-14 9:53 PM

Dunkirkrez: DPW Director Tony is the only Appointed person from the Frey Administration. All other appointees are new and appointed at a higher cost then before. I think that Tony was re-appointed at a low salary then before.

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hadenough

Jan-24-14 5:34 PM

Santora. In answer to your question and city appointees. Gugino who was appointed by Frey had no backround in Civil Engineering. He was appointed because he was/is Freys buddy who worked with him. His appointment was against the city charter in regards to education or training and if memory servrs me correctly is related to Dolce. Now you must remember that even though Gugino had no previous qualification that did not stop Frey from giving him a pay raise of over $10,000 in less than one year on the job.

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hadenough

Jan-24-14 4:59 PM

Santora. In answer to your statements concerning the hiring of friends I will say this. Gugino had no civil engineering experience when he was hired by Frey. No schooling or in field experience as required by the city charter. Shortly after his hiring he was given a pay raise of $10,000!! Yes that's right. Dolce kept Gugino knowing this. Once again violating the city charter. But one says anything. The Indian refurbishment did cost around $10,000 and there it sits in the rain and snow unprotected because it was paid for with taxpayers money. Is any action being initiated against the previous administration for misuse of city and federal money? Nope. The good old boy system at its finest.

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commentor

Jan-24-14 2:09 PM

Fredonia is taking care of Neptune so give them the Indian.

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DunkirkRez

Jan-24-14 12:23 PM

The head of DPW for one...and the CAC saying they rarely have any residents or newspaper people attending their meetings doesn't mean never. I stopped going after I saw it was all complaining...and no, I'm not in government...I just pay attention.

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Santora

Jan-24-14 12:12 PM

@DunkirkRez...after reading your post it really sounds like you are actually in the city scheme of things as evidenced by certain comments."more transparent than last administration? that IS a toss up and have to agree with Sek AND she's a Democrat.Your comment about "Frey appointed a bunch of people who are still working."....bunch is a big word. All I see in City Hall are employees who are civil service passing tests for their jobs and with the exception of Mark Woods(who is elected)and maybe the assessor Tell us who you're talking about.Maybe I'm wrong (or didn't see it) but this is first I've heard about the Access group being fired so you must have certain info. Thought something goofy there as everything is Fredonia orientated. Some friends I have on that CAC have told me they rarely have any residents or newspaper people attending their meetings,I'd go but the night they meet I'm at a function myself so you are probably somebody in govt as one the few that attend

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hadenough

Jan-24-14 11:51 AM

The CAC as one writer puts it is a committee of complainers. Well sir/madam if they did not complain all would be well. The complaints should be looked into and if fines are warranted then do it. As a committee of volunteers they have no authority to do anything except point out the problems. But. Some of the offenders are most likely related to someone in city hall and further action is stopped. While friends and family have a lot to do with hiring practices politics plays a big part. Just look at the city attorney appointment and the salary he receives and the work he does.

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DunkirkRez

Jan-24-14 9:56 AM

Ever go to a CAC meeting? Just a bunch of people huddled around a table complaining. No ideas or solutions...just complaints...and uninformed ones at that. Sure, as a test, the city's cable access channel was contracted out at a cost of $1,000 a month...but NOT ANY MORE because that group was fired. The development office is overworked trying to clean up the HUD mess. As for city hall workers...I think it has less to do with politics and more to do with the "Friends & Family" plan around here. After all, Frey appointed a bunch of people who are still working. If it was ALL political, they'd be gone...but buddies stay. If the problem is a government that is too large...the buck stops at the Mayor's office. He is in charge of personnel...and negotiating contracts. Want to talk about transparency? This administration, while inept in some ways, is WAY more transparent than the last one. So CAC members, why don't you run for office? I guess its easier to just comp

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PhilJulian

Jan-24-14 9:41 AM

I believe they want to spend $10,000 to renovate the indian statue. For that kind of money you could get a real indian to stand there all summer! I agree that there is a blight issue in the city. What is needed is property maintenance laws that require strict enforcement and control of blighted property. Grass that is over 6 inches, buildings that need a fresh coat of paint, junk cars, trash in yard, these are all issues that need to be addressed with strict laws and tough punishment for violaters. If I can add one more thing, get rid of the ridiculous parking meters that serve as a deterent to doing business downtown. Replace the meters with 2 hour parking signs. And lastly, let's identify those who were responsible for the mis-handling of over $1.1 million of HUD funding, demand restitution of funds where possible and determine if any punishment is in order for violations of the law.

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rumblefish

Jan-24-14 9:36 AM

this was one of Frey's idea's was it not, and had meetings in conference room next to his office so he could ease drop, what is the point of having a committee that no one wants to hear or be on, it's just a waste of utilities and time, oh wait we forgot it all about saving lost Washington park water fountain

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hadenough

Jan-24-14 8:51 AM

The Indian statue. Remember a few years ago how much that statue cost the taxpayer for a make over? Then the statue was to be enclosed in plexiglass to protect it from the elements. You see how far that idea went. On the subject of city hall employees. It's all political. Take a stroll in the building during the day the city attorney can be found in every office but his own. The janitor who works days. How much cleaning can he get done with the traffic in the building and the offices occupied? Pay raises are passed out by the mayor on the orders of the city Democratic party. Check to see how many employees are related to party members. As for the blight. There is no monetary return for the city so why go after the offenders? See it would take a law being drawn up and that of course would fall under the city attorney but since he can't be found nothing is going to happen. But his office visits cost the taxpayer $75,000 per year plus benefits.

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