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CDBG-R payback on council agenda

May 6, 2014

The city of Dunkirk will be set to pay back part of the money the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is owed if Common Council gives its approval when it meets today at 5:30 p.m....

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May-07-14 12:30 PM

My advice is to vote against ALL incumbents who won't publicly demand a thorough investigation to determine where each & every dollar went. Stop letting party chairmen control the people we elect by not publicly addressing this matter. Put ALL elected reps on record and start a petition demanding that NYS Comptroller and/or AG file criminal charges (if warranted) against everyone involved. Don't accept repaying this debt w/o full disclosure, thus holding those who were responsible to criminal charges. The lack of pressure from this newspaper, city officials and the general public is appalling.

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May-07-14 10:13 AM

Why the f*** are they not going after the people who were employed by the city while the money was misappropriated?! Dunkirk, NY. Like Chicago, only smaller. Jeezus, even a monkey can see that going after employees will reveal where the money went REAL fast. Dunkirk taxpayers are getting royally effed on this one. Royally.

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May-06-14 10:19 PM

Am I missing something here? Over $1 million in mis-appropriated funds and taxpayers are going to be held liable! Give me a break. Where is the investigation by the state attorney general's office? Where is Eric Holder when we need him or is he only interested in gay marriage and civil rights? There is a strong possibility of criminal activity in city hall and taxpayers deserve some answers.

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May-06-14 5:28 PM

DK: the "personal bonuses", albeit highly questionable (if not down-right illegal) were the least costly of HUD misappropriations. Did city officials testify that they thought it was perfectly legal to grant such bonuses with HUD funds? What if other unknown cash bonuses were awarded w/these same funds, possibly hidden through intentionally poor record keeping? When are such acts considered illegal/criminal. City reps secretly spend the money, and if they get caught, no biggie, taxpayers will simply pay it back, is that it?

townie: I never suggested the city refuse to pay, but IMO, this is a major scandal, and any council member who wasn't previously a part of it should be speaking out loud & clear on behalf of ALL city residents.

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May-06-14 4:40 PM

Start paying it back by getting back those self-awarded bonuses...

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May-06-14 4:33 PM

Covering it up? Captain please explain to me how the City can just tell a federal agency they're not going to give them the money they're demanding. You seem to keep forgetting that a federal investigation is going on for those involved.

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May-06-14 4:18 PM

Since Sen Young has been so successful lately at obtaining state funds for her constituents, maybe she can secure a $1M emergency grant to satisfy HUD and get city taxpayers (voters) off the hook.

Besides Joseph Giglio, does anyone know who represents this district in the state assembly?

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May-06-14 3:43 PM

The previous mayor and council misappropriated HUD funds, and this admin covers it up by agreeing to let property owners pay it back??? The mayor & council should NOT be deciding how to resolve this matter b/c ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE THE ONES WHO CAUSED IT! Look what's happened to this city, its taxpayers, and the local media? We should be screaming for answers and demanding that those responsible be criminally charged. Instead, we just casually accept the resolution from those who caused it??? Unfreakinbeliveable!

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May-06-14 9:11 AM

CORRECTION: property owners (thru tax revenues) are paying HUD back, NOT the elected officials who improperly spent the money! Mayor & council have the final say on how such money is secretly spent, but the minute misappropriations are exposed, the taxpayers are immediately held financially responsible? Criminal charges should've been filed, otherwise, getting caught is of no consequence to those who approved such misappropriations.

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May-06-14 7:48 AM

The city will repay HUD $153,520 IF the Common Council gives its approval? Oh please. Vote not to repay the money and see what happens. It's a no brainer but it seems that in Dunkirk everything is a no brainer and gives the council something to do.

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