Dunkirk Common Council Votes No Confidence In City Attorney

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DUNKIRK – The top attorney for the City of Dunkirk is feeling heat after the city’s Common Council voted no confidence in his abilities on Tuesday.

In a 4-1 vote, local lawmakers passed a resolution saying they have no confidence in Attorney Richard Morrisroe’s ability to properly handle or give advice on legal matters.

This follows a dismissed lawsuit that attempted to overturn a resolution passed in January 2020 that resulted in the termination of the then-Human Resources Director and Executive Assistant.

The suit declares that Morrisroe did not properly file and record the law as required by the New York State Home Rule Law. 

Morrisroe responded to the vote and claims of his wrongdoing.

“When we did the HR Director creation, that was a resolution that wasn’t set up as a local law-filing, and so it was never registered as one,” explained Morrisroe. “ That has since been rescinded, the creation of the position, so it’s a moot point, so there’s nothing to file.”

The sole “no” vote was cast by Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto who questioned whether such a declaration should be made in council chambers.


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