Current First Ward Councilman and Democratic- and Dunkirk Taxpayers-endorsed candidate for Councilman-at-Large Anthony J. (A.J.) Dolce recently detailed his record of public service to the community.
"Within my first month of office in 2003, I presented a street sign replacement program to address the numerous faded or missing street signs in the city," he said.
Councilman Dolce followed that by taking charge, with the assistance of Councilman Muldowny, in establishing a suitable decibel level for the public and waterfront bars. Dolce also instituted a trap, neuter, and return (TNR) program that has prevented hundreds of cats from roaming city streets.
Councilman Dolce fought for and secured a chemical treatment system that is currently being used twice/year in trouble areas to prevent future sewage backups like experienced in the First Ward. This was the only addition to the 2009 City of Dunkirk budget because of its importance to the quality of life of our citizens.
Councilman Dolce voted no on the mayor's 38 percent pay raise and a significant tipping fee increase, which demonstrates Dolce's commitment to running a fiscally responsible government.
Dolce voted against moving the Mayor's budget deadline submission to Nov. 1 in order to have more time to review and scrutinize how taxpayer money is being spent.
Another example of Dolce's commitment to fighting for greater transparency was by introducing legislation establishing a budget line for part-time/seasonal help in order to gain an accurate account of how much money is spent in that area.
"Quality of life issues, fiscal responsibility, and open government are the three most consistent demands the public places on its representatives," Dolce said. "I take great pride in tackling the concerns and challenges brought forth by the public.
"Dunkirk will continue to face many challenges in the upcoming years. It is my responsibility as a city council member to confront them head-on and to be an advocate for all citizens. In order to achieve greater progress we must be willing to immediately address issues as they come to us and not pawn them off on future generations to deal with. As your next Councilman-at-Large, I will fulfill these duties and treat them with the utmost importance."