Thee Dunkirk Common Council members responded to an editorial in the Sunday OBSERVER questioning their recent lack of action in regard to a resolution concerning the Chadwick Bay Marina.
All three who voted to table the resolution Sept. 17 took time on Monday to criticize the view that questioned their understanding of how development projects get done.
Councilwoman-at-Large Stephanie Kiyak and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala both cited a need for more diligence before proceeding with the resolution that eventually passed to grant a new lender landlord rights in the event of a default by developer Jeff Gambino.
Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez went further however, saying he took offense at the editorial.
"I would also just like to say to the OBSERVER, concentrate on getting the stories they write correct and verified, before they put something in the paper. For your information, myself and Stacy do have jobs in the private sector," Gonzalez stated.
After discussing what he called mistakes by prior administrations, Gonzalez returned to the editorial.
"We're not doing this because we're anti-business or anti-development but you know, a lot of the information the OBSERVER gets the facts right, but when I take my time to make sure that everything is in order and that everybody knows what they're supposed to be doing; what is being blocked, what is not being blocked, everything is taken care of, we're doing this because that's what we're elected to do; be transparent in everything that we do. ... Please, I want to say to the OBSERVER, concentrate on your spelling, your grammar and your paper and not so much on where we work."
Kiyak did have a complaint when she spoke, as always, after the others. "Contrary to what has been speculated in the media, this council has an obligation to do its due diligence," she stated at one point before eventually asking people to call her if anyone has questions about her reasoning.
Council approved the resolution, allowing development to go forward sooner rather than later, according to Gambino. While there are some projects being worked on, the city has yet to announce anything major in the way of development.
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