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Dunkirk council may remove charter section

Dunkirk Common Council is considering a removal of the section of the City Charter that grants the council the ability to remove mayoral appointed officials.

A resolution sponsored by the entire Common Council states that “certain provisions of the charter are required to undergo a process of local law introduction, public hearing, council vote, veto — if applicable — and veto reconsideration and override (if applicable), followed by mandatory referendum, as per the New York State General Municipal Home Rule Law.”

According to research conducted by the city law department, local law 4 that was prompted in 1985 was never registered for the public referendum portion, thus making section 4.2 subsections M and N null and void; this section of the charter was used recently to remove two city officials from office.

Also on the agenda is the renaming of Cliffstar Court and the increase in mileage reimbursements for city employees not using city vehicles. Dunkirk’s Common Council meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall and is open to the public.

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