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Majority Leader
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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September 2016 column - Road study finds nearly 25 percent of county roads rated ‘poor’

Earlier this week I joined some of my colleagues in the Majority Caucus to discuss road conditions at a press event and bring attention to just a few of the many roadways that need repair. The next day, I met with the Aurora Town Supervisor, Elma Town Supervisor and concerned residents on Maple Road to talk about that stretch of roadway from West Blood to the village.

Majority Leader Lorigo submits law to support county employees serving in the military

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo has submitted a law to ensure that Erie County employees who are serving our country receive their full county pay while on military personnel leave. Currently, many reservists receive a lower salary during periods of deployment and training.

Majority Leader Lorigo statement on County Executive playing politics with military pay

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo: “I am happy to hear the County Executive agrees with Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, the independent Charter Review Commission, and the Erie County Legislature on supporting continued pay for active duty military members.  This idea was proposed several months ago, vetted throughout the charter revision process, and approved twice by the Legislature.  It is evident that by signing his “executive order” today, the County Executive is doing what he does best—playing politics.  Rather than sign the approved Charter Revision Law today to ensure it is placed on the ballot this November, the County Executive is cherry picking positive ideas so that he can’t be criticized for not implementing them.  His continued disrespect for the proper legislative process is disheartening.  Unfortunately, this time he is using members of the military to shield his actions.

Legislators Lorigo, Dixon meet with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s first Primetime interns

Erie County Legislators Joseph Lorigo and Lynne Dixon met with some of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County’s (CCE Erie) 4-H Youth Community Action Network (CAN) teen leader interns, who were the first to be supported by Erie County’s Primetime Funding Program, and found the experience was extremely successful.

Cornell Cooperative Extension announces public meetings for Capital Project

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, announces that Cornell Cooperative Extension is currently working with a consultant on a Capital Project Plan to provide a roadmap for constructing a new CCE of Erie County facility for hands-on education and training of youth and adults from throughout the county.

August 2016 Column - Community spirit traverses the globe through Olympics while local heroes continue to step up daily

It is difficult some days to remember there is still good in this world. However, we don’t have to look further than our own small communities to be reminded there are many people working hard each and every day to make life a lot better.

Majority Leader Lorigo releases statement following County Executive’s approval of ‘Concussion Law’

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo has released a statement following the County Executive’s announcement he has approved the local Concussion Law

July 2016 Column - Better management should be government’s first approach to problem solving

Last week, as chair of the Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee, I hosted two days of informational hearings with each county office and department. The required Mid-Year Budget Hearings are designed to provide the Legislature with a snapshot of where each department stands financially, if they will close out the year under or above budget, and what changes might be needed in the coming year. All in all, each department reported that everything was going well.

Majority Leader statement on County Executive’s budget surplus announcement

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo responds to the County Executive taking credit for the 2015 surplus.

June 2016 Column - Failure to approve ridesharing would further up/downstate divide, Legislature identifies new approach to battle lead

A few weeks ago, I spoke at a rally in support of bringing ridesharing to Upstate New York. Having companies such as Uber or Lyft won’t just be positive for the City of Buffalo, but also the suburbs and rural areas where public transportation is at a minimum.