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Joseph C. Lorigo -
District 10


District Office:
Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street
Fourth Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Phone: 858-8922
Fax: 858-8895

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April 2017 Column - NYS needs to use common sense, start ridesharing before July 4

For nearly two years, I advocated tirelessly for ridesharing to be approved in Upstate New York. During that time, I worked with several local organizations and leaders to get our message to Albany, and I want to thank everyone involved for their efforts. Now, (after far too long), our community will finally have ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, along with the many benefits that come with their services. However, the timing doesn’t make any sense.

Legislature votes in favor of maintaining higher qualifications for DPW commissioner

The Erie County Legislature approved a law that retains the professional engineer (PE) license requirement in the job description for the Department of Public Works commissioner, but does allow for exemptions in certain cases with a two-thirds approval of the Legislature. The law, sponsored by Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, will now go to the County Executive’s desk. The County Executive recently approached Legislators asking for this mechanism because according to him, his search for a new Department of Public Works Commissioner did not bring forth a qualified candidate.

Legislature Chairman, Majority Leader discuss Control Board ignoring subpoena, refusal to attend public meeting

Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills and Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo released the following statements after the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority refused to attend today’s Special Informational Meeting on a $120 million borrowing plan and its decision to take Erie County to court following a subpoena compelling them to attend. The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority is a state authority funded by Erie County at annual costs of almost $500,000 a year.

Erie County joins support to repeal burdensome SAFE Act regulations

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo announces that the resolution he cosponsored supporting the repeal of the SAFE Act in Upstate New York was approved at the Thursday, March 9, 2017 session. The resolution supports a Senate bill that calls for the repeal of the unnecessary regulations placed on lawful gun owners that accomplish nothing but creating bureaucratic, expensive hoops to jump through.

Legislators approve resolution requesting meeting with ECFSA Board to review $100 million borrowing plan

Members of the Erie County Legislature have requested that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) Board appear at the next Finance and Management Committee meeting to discuss the new plan that would allow the ECFSA to borrow on behalf of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) new emergency room. To account for the borrowing the County Executive has submitted a Declaration of Need, which requires Legislative approval.

Portion of Bullis Road to be closed for 3 months

Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that Bullis Road will be closed from Girdle Road to Town Line Road in the Town of Elma from Monday, March 20 through appoximately Friday, June 30 for bridge rehabilitation.  

February 2017 Column - Kicking the can down the road will hurt next generation of taxpayers

Over the past week, the County Executive has been aggressive in pushing Legislators to support Erie County borrowing $188 million on behalf of ECMC.  After a thorough review of the proposal, I cannot support that plan and encourage ECMC to pursue the other options it laid out. Hospital officials have stated they are building a new trauma center, even if the Erie County Legislature chooses not to support this borrowing plan.

Majority Leader Lorigo named to ECIDA Board

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Leader, Joseph Lorigo, Legislator for the 10th District, has been named to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) Board of Directors for 2017. As newly appointed Chairman of the Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, Legislator Lorigo will serve as the Legislature’s representative on the board. 

Forum planned to discuss condition of Maple Road

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that a forum will be held to provide an update on Maple Road and the county’s plans to repair the roadway. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at the Elma Town Hall, in the courtroom, 1600 Bowen Road, Elma. All are welcome to attend.

January 2017 Column - State Needs to Take Responsibility for High Taxes and Provide Counties Mandate Relief

This past week, Governor Cuomo took his “State of the State” address on a tour across New York.  In his speech, he made several promises and put forward a number of ambitious proposals.  Unfortunately for you and me, the Governor never once mentioned how New Yorkers are going to be able to afford all of his out of control spending.  Of course, it’s easy to sound positive and upbeat when you’re spending other people’s money; but the reality is every one of these plans is expensive - and WE are the ones who pay for it.  Enough is enough.