DUNKIRK: Upbeat note adds belief

It’s a new attitude in Dunkirk. It is one of belief and cooperation.

Where does this mindset begin? In the mayor’s office at City Hall.

On Friday, Wilfred Rosas welcomed about 75 business and community leaders to his State of the City message. Rosas talked, first and foremost, about recent progress. He also came with a vision.

His is about turning a city around that has been in a 50-year recession. That is never an easy task, but the upbeat portion of his message leads many to actually believe it can happen.

Other than economic development efforts, which include the Battery Villas apartments and a possible Special Metals expansion, Rosas focused on shared services. He knows a municipality can no longer go solo. It needs to work with others. The fact Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis, Trustee Doug Essek and Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol were in attendance adds credibility to that effort.

Dunkirk still has more to do. But, at least for now, it seems the city is on a solid path.