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Minority Leader
Joseph C. Lorigo
District 10

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Kevin R. Hardwick
District 4

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Edward A. Rath III
District 6

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Lynne M. Dixon
District 9

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 John J. Mills
District 11



County Legislature invests funding to battle opioid/heroin epidemic

The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved requests from the Health Department in support of combating the opioid/heroin epidemic that has taken the lives of hundreds of residents each year for the past few years. As the number of deaths and overdoses rose, the Legislature and county departments came together to identify how to best invest $1 million to deal with this crisis.

Legislature supports Ruthie’s Law to improve accountability in nursing homes

The Erie County Legislature has approved Ruthie’s Law to require improved accountability from nursing homes in cases where a resident has been badly injured. The law, named in honor of Ruth Murray, recognizes that nursing homes have a responsibility to notify family members or guardians when a patient has been badly injured as soon as possible.

Legislature’s Majority Caucus eliminates tax increase as option for balancing county’s future budgets

In a letter to the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority, the Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus – Chairman John Mills, Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Legislator Edward Rath, Legislator Kevin Hardwick, Legislator Lynne Dixon and Legislator Ted Morton – stated they will not support a tax increase to balance the county’s future budgets. This was in response to the County Executive’s 2017-2020 Revised Erie County Four Year Financial Plan, which projects deficits in each year.

Majority Caucus seeks local companies for County’s Summer Youth Employment Program

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Caucus is seeking local businesses to partner with Erie County for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), coordinated through the Department of Social Services.

Legislature grants one-time payment to AFSCME union members, hopes long-term contract can be settled

The Erie County Legislature has approved a measure that supports the 1,500 members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1095 during a breakdown in contract negotiations. Recently, Erie County declared an impasse in negotiations with AFSCME. Once an impasse is declared and a fact-finders report is delivered, state law allows county legislatures to impose employment terms for a single year. The Legislature approved a one-time payment to the members that will be applied to the 2016 fiscal year and urges both sides to return to the table to settle a contract that is fair for all involved. This was approved at the April 6, 2017 session.