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Joseph C. Lorigo -
District 10


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92 Franklin Street
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Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Phone: 858-8922
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Legislator Lorigo presents proclamation to Queen of Heaven students for taking stand against bullying

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo applauds the efforts of Queen of Heaven School’s faculty and students for taking a stand against bullying during October – National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. During an assembly held Oct. 2, 2015 at the school, Legislator Lorigo presented a proclamation recognizing National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and congratulating Queen of Heaven on its efforts to combat all forms of bullying.

Legislators present donation to community library

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills and Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo are pleased to announce that the 9th annual West Falls-Colden Community Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser totaled $965 to support efforts to keep the branch open.

September 2015 Column - 2016 County budget process focuses on ways to reduce taxes, save costs

I want to thank the directors and trustees from the East Aurora, Elma, Marilla and West Seneca libraries for taking the time to meet with me recently to review the unique problems they face, identify the issues that every branch shares, and to discuss current library operations and new initiatives underway. 

Legislator Lorigo meets with business owners, discusses ways to support local economy

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo completed a local business tour this past summer meeting with business owners and their employees to discuss the challenges they are currently facing and ways government, and the Legislature specifically, can help.

Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event - Sept. 26

The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus announces that a Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at various sites throughout the county. Residents are welcome to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications, syringes, inhalers, liquids, ointments, patches, etc. However, products that contain mercury or radioactive materials will not be accepted.

August 2015 Column - Forcing closure of bars at 2 a.m. won’t address DWI concerns

There has been much talk recently about how late bars should be allowed to stay open in Erie County. Currently, Erie County requires bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol at 4 a.m.  Bars are not required to stay open that late, and have the ability to close earlier if they choose.  Last week, the Erie County Clerk proposed limiting the bar closing time to 2 a.m.  In his proposal, he claimed that doing so would help reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities.  However, none of the data I found supports that contention. 

Majority Leader Lorigo opposes proposal to close bars at 2 a.m.

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo has released the following statement concerning recent discussions about changing the closing time for bars in Erie County:


Annual West Falls-Colden Community Library Fundraiser Aug. 15

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo invites residents to the annual West Falls – Colden Community Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the library, , 1966 Davis Rd., West Falls. Cost is $1 fot a hot dog & bottle of water combo or $2 for Italian sausage and bottle of water combo. Event will also feature an ice cream sale and book sale. 

Legislature approves resolution urging County Executive to have open discussion about CPS

Today, the Eric County Legislature approved a resolution requesting the County Executive attend and speak at a special public meeting on the ongoing problems in CPS and the Department of Social Services. The resolution received bipartisan (7-4) support as Legislators from both sides of the aisle recognize the role the County Executive has in this discussion.

Erie County, largest Upstate County in New York, opposes Minimum Wage Board’s Recommendation of $15 for fast food workers

Today, the Erie County Legislature opposed the recent recommendation of a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers in New York State by the New York Minimum Wage Board. Per the recommendation, rates would be raised incrementally in New York City, reaching $15 by 2018. Statewide, chains with at least 30 locations would be forced to pay employees a wage of $15 an hour by July 2021.The county resolution was approved 6-5.