Incumbent Mayor Wilfred Rosas, the latest proposed budget has topped $24 million. In spite, of the loss of NRG revenue, Mayor Rosas has been able to balance the city Budget by bringing new companies and expanding existing jobs to the city of Dunkirk. Prior to Mayor Rosas, the city experienced job loss and was marred by public corruption.
This year Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas was named Chautauqua Leadership Network’s 2019 LEADER OF THE YEAR.
During his current term, Rosas has been successful to turning the city around by not being just a local voice but a State Political leader. Since his election has made connections from Buffalo to Albany and Washington, DC, which has helped bring in many projects, while at the same times increasing funding from the State and Federal Federal governments. Rosas also has spearheaded many initiatives that have brought prosperity to Dunkirk and the surrounding areas.
When Democrats in Albany were not ready to sign off on $200 million for the Athenex project in 2016, Rosas took a ride and met personally with The Governor and key players to get the deal done. He also took the lead with Fieldbrook Foods and Wells Enterprises, which resulted in an $87 million dollars investment and jobs expansions for Dunkirk.
Dunkirk’s venture into the North County Water District also happened because of Mayor Rosas efforts, saving taxpayers monies. Heenan, while serving on the County Legislature, was too silent on this important project.
Mayor Rosa has succeeded in improving the services of our Police and Fire Departments, while and the same time working to improve our roads, bridges, Water, Parks and waterfront. With the goal of make Dunkirk a safer and better place for its resident and at the same time making Dunkirk a destination for tourist. He has also partnered with the Public schools system to make it the best in the area.
Rosas has developed a wonderful team around him who has served the citizens of Dunkirk well.
Mayor Rosas has worked hard to have open government, where the citizens and the council have a voice in the decisions of the city. Transparency has been one of his many strong points.
The city of Dunkirk has made great strides in the last four years despite losing NRG. That is no small accomplishment.
By: Edwin Martin