Press Releases

Press Releases - 2018



Legislature supports effort to improve school safety through School Resource Officers

Legislator Lorigo announces list of 2018 road repairs throughout the District

Minority Leader requests County Executive temporarily withdraw appointment of Social Services Commissioner until special counsel’s investigation is complete

Legislator Lorigo issues proclamation in celebration of Aurora, Holland and Wales Bicentennial

Legislators recognize April as ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ in Erie County

Legislature approves funding to add DMV positions, decrease long lines

Resolution to prevent cash payouts to employees who resign over personal misconduct passes Legislature with broad support  

Legislators announce resolution to prevent cash payouts to employees who resign over personal misconduct

Lorigo responds to county officials’ attempt to withhold public information regarding Convention Center study

Legislators propose transfer of surplus funds to fix county roads

Minority Caucus urges County Executive to meet with Child Protective Services to address ongoing concerns

March Column: Erie County Special Investigative Counsel

Minority Leader Lorigo’s resolution calling for special counsel to investigate accusations made against Erie County approved by Legislature

Erie County Legislature Minority Caucus makes a pitch to bring ‘GiftAMeal’ services to Buffalo

Minority Caucus Erie County Legislators announce resolution opposing proposed statewide plastic bag ban 

Legislature unanimously approves Lorigo Ethics Law

Legislators Rath and Lorigo present Gates Vascular Institute with proclamation for American Heart Month

February Column: Time for Erie County to pass new ethics law

Legislature approves resolution asking state to extend historic tax credit

Legislator Lorigo Helps Students Make Cards for 8th Annual Valentines for Veterans Program

Erie County Legislature Asks State to Increase Funding Sources to Organizations that Provide Emergency Services

Lorigo Donates $370 to P.U.N.T Foundation After Super Bowl for #AGOODGAME Campaign

Lorigo Pledges Super Bowl Donation for #AGOODGAME Campaign

Lorigo Announces Community Block Grant Awards for West Seneca, Elma & Marilla

Lorigo Asks Apple to Consider Western New York for Second Campus

Legislator Lorigo Named Minority Leader

Kearns and Lorigo to Hold Pistol Permit Recertification Outreaches in West Seneca & East Aurora


Press Releases - 2017

December 2017 Column - County budget passes with fourth consecutive tax cut

Erie County’s 2018 budget approved 11-0

Majority Leader Lorigo announces exemption for Cold War veterans signed

Legislator Lorigo awards grant to Elma CERT

November 2017 Column - Local and National Tax Reform Discussions

HEAP Outreach at West Seneca Senior Center on Dec. 14

Legislator Lorigo Invited to Washington to Talk Tax Reform

Majority Leader Lorigo names Save Our WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center advocates as Citizens of the Month

Majority Leader Lorigo sponsors law in support of exemption for Cold War veterans

October 2017 Column - Real conversation, not social media shows the true feelings of America

Majority Leader Lorigo sponsors law in support of exemption for Cold War veterans

October 2017 Column - Real conversation, not social media shows the true feelings of America

Majority Leader Lorigo announces significant community development contribution from Batavia Downs

Eastwood Road closure to continue until end of October

Restrictions on Leydecker Road from Oct. 9-Nov. 17

Majority Leader Lorigo joins officials in announcing new SRO at Holland High School

Majority Leader Lorigo to host public input session at Elma Senior Centers on proposed ‘Dental Law’

Majority Leader Lorigo honors retiring member of the Sheriff’s K9 Team

September 2017 Column - Good government requires compromise

Majority Leader Lorigo announces funding approved for East & West Road repairs

Majority Leader Lorigo invites Amazon CEO to consider Erie County for company’s second headquarters

Oral Rabies Vaccination Program Information

Elma's Annunciation Church to host Erie County Senior Services' Powerful Tools for Caregivers class

Majority Leader Lorigo statement on Made in America Act

Majority Leader Lorigo announces County awards contracts to battle opioid/heroin epidemic

August 2017 Column - WNY needs Tax and Regulation Relief from Albany

Fall schedule of free rabies clinics

West Seneca Lions Club honored by Legislator Lorigo

July 2017 Column - Dental law is about protecting patients’ health

Majority Leader Lorigo announces Bullis Road Bridge reopened

Route 240 to be repaired from Holland Glenwood to Foote Road - July 24 to mid-August

Aurora Senior Center upgrades audiovisual equipment thanks to county investment

Majority Leader Lorigo introduces law requiring that all dental prosthetics be disclosed with their country of origin

Portion of Eastwood Road closed July 10-21

District Outreach Meeting to be held June 29 at Aurora Town Hall

Majority Leader opposes ECC tuition increase

Majority Leader Lorigo statement on NFTA adding fee for Uber, Lyft rides to and from airport

June 2017 Column - Outreaches come in many forms to bring county government closer to residents

Health Department to offer Concussion Training for Supervisors of Youth Contact Sports

Legislator Lorigo to host Satellite Hours at West Seneca Senior Center’s Summer Kick Off Party

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

Majority Leader Lorigo announces work on Maple Road to start June 19

District Outreach Meeting to be held June 8 at Colden Town Hall

Majority Leader Lorigo's statement on ridesharing starting June 29

Legislator Lorigo secures $30,000 in Primetime Funding for local Boys & Girls Club

Legislator Lorigo to host District Outreach Meeting at Elma Town Hall

Erie County Legislature approves Majority Leader Lorigo’s legislation, seeks proposals to fight opioid/heroin epidemic

Porterville Road Bridge in Marilla closed until September

May 2017 Column - Extending senior services into rural towns, addressing elder abuse

Erie County Legislature declares May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Erie County to collected hazardous waste materials on June 3 & August 5

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

Legislature votes in favor of maintaining higher qualifications for DPW commissioner

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

Erie County joins support to repeal burdensome SAFE Act regulations

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

Portion of Bullis Road to be closed for 3 months

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

Majority Leader Lorigo named to ECIDA Board

Forum planned to discuss condition of Maple Road

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

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo responds to Governor’s comments in State of the State about ridesharing

HEAP Outreach at Aurora Senior Center on Jan. 10



Press Releases - 2016

December 2016 Column - All of Erie County deserves safe, affordable and reliable transportation

Legislator Lorigo names Jim Manley, veterans advocate, as Citizen of the Month

Legislator Lorigo announces HEAP Outreaches at town senior centers

November 2016 Column - We must come together and work towards a better future

Legislator Lorigo announces Legislature revises public hearing schedule to accommodate residents

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

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

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

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

Cornell Cooperative Extension announces public meetings for Capital Project

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

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

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

Majority Leader statement on County Executive’s budget surplus announcement

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

Legislator Lorigo announces Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer programming through Primetime Funding

Majority Leader Lorigo honors 2016 M1 for Vets honorees

May 2016 Column - Difference in priorities must be addressed

Majority Leader Lorigo delivers remarks at rally to legalize ridesharing in upstate

April 2016 Column - New initiatives create priority discussion

Legislature supports RecruitNY, recognizes importance of volunteer firefighters

Legislator Lorigo announces several district roads to be repaved this construction season

Legislator Lorigo reminds residents of two drug take back days in April

Legislator Lorigo to host satellite hours at West Seneca Senior Center

Erie County requests Thruway Authority release records concerning emergency response to the November ’14 storm

Actual ‘state of the county’ not addressed, county executive continues to propose more spending

Work to begin March 14 on Girdle Road Bridge, Jamison Road Bridge

Majority Leader Lorigo introduces ethics reform policies

February Column - Bar closing time, Uber & Small Business Summit bring attention to issues that businesses face

Legislator Lorigo’s 5th annual Valentines for Veterans program generates hundreds of cards

Legislature’s Finance Committee requests more accountability from Buffalo Urban League

January 2016 Column - Finance and Management Committee oversees fiscal matters, questions wasteful spending

Legislator Lorigo announces HEAP Outreach at the West Seneca Coalition Resources Center

Majority Leader Lorigo statement on ‘Pawn Shop Law’

Majority Leader Lorigo to lead Caucus for third year


Press Releases - 2015

New ‘Pawn Shop Law’ will help law enforcement recover stolen goods

December 2015 Column - Grieving families find strength to push county for changes in battle against heroin

Finance & Management Chairman Lorigo announces committee approves ‘Mimosa Resolution’

Legislator Lorigo announces funding for the Firemen's Memorial Exhibit Center of WNY

Legislator Lorigo secures additional funding for local Boys and Girls Clubs

Legislator Lorigo announces $5,000 for Rural Outreach Center

Legislator Lorigo announces HEAP Outreaches in East Aurora, West Seneca

Rural Outreach Center Chairman named Citizen of the Month

November 2015 Column - Veterans Day reminds us to support soldiers, protect what they fought for

Majority Leader Lorigo responds to Poloncarz dodging questions

Legislator Lorigo secures additional funding for libraries, veterans memorial

October 2015 Column - Efforts underway to reduce number of Zombie Properties in suburban, rural towns

Majority Leader Lorigo seeks ride sharing roundtable in Buffalo

Legislator Lorigo presents proclamation to Queen of Heaven students for taking stand against bullying

Legislators present donation to community library

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

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

Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event - Sept. 26

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

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

Annual West Falls-Colden Community Library Fundraiser Aug. 15

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

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

July 2015 Column - Changes must be made to keep ECC viable

Legislators Lorigo, Morton look into leasing option to save on county’s vehicle expenses

Legislators disappointed that ECC budget includes tuition hike

June 2015 Column - State asked to change policy for selling personal information

Legislator Lorigo announces free, guided walk at Emery Park

Majority Leader Lorigo urges County Executive to take steps to save on borrowing

Legislator Lorigo announces East Aurora site participating in Social Adult Day Program Open House

Legislator Lorigo, Sheriff’s Office to host Elder Abuse Seminar to address threats to vulnerable residents

Legislator Lorigo announces Elma CERT to receive trailer for storing critical equipment

May 2015 Column - County begins reviewing major capital projects slated for 2016, sees increase in requested work

Legislator Lorigo announces funding for local Boys and Girls Clubs

Legislator Lorigo proposes county investment into Explore and More’s new museum

Statement from Legislator Lorigo regarding vote to oppose Conditional Release program

Free Car Seat Safety Check & Child ID Card Day - Saturday, May 16

Funding approved to repair Elma bridges, repair roads in West Seneca

Legislator Lorigo Supports for Common Core Parental Refusal Act

Legislator Lorigo introduces local law to impose term limits, excludes exemption clause

Legislator Lorigo promotes Library’s ‘Read Aloud 15 Minutes’ campaign

April 2015 Column - County’s plan for repairs to roads, bridges released

County Legislators, Meals on Wheels kickoff National Volunteer Month

Hero honored for saving truck driver on I-90

March 2015 Column - County addresses potholes, discusses proposed laws

Legislators respond to County Executive’s recommendation for Social Services Commissioner

Legislator Lorigo announces Pothole Hotline, email

Legislature discusses County Government Efficiency Plan aimed at providing tax credit to residents

Legislator Lorigo delivers educational art kits to West Seneca School District’s middle schools

February 2015 Column - Proposed Term Limit Law Should Not Exempt Current Officeholders

Legislator Lorigo concerned by County Executive’s miscalculations during 2014 construction season

Legislator Lorigo hopes explanation for withdrawal of commissioner’s appointment can ensure productive searches going forward

January 2015 Column - Thruway should not close for a few inches of snow

HEAP Outreach will be held Feb. 3 at Aurora Senior Center

Legislator Lorigo requests County officials work together to solve inmate healthcare copay problem

Chairman Mills, Majority Leader Lorigo reappointed at reorganizational meeting

Press Releases - 2014

December 2014 Column - Legislature delivers tax cut in 2015 budget while continuing investment in community

Legislator Lorigo announces additional funding for local Boys and Girls Clubs

Rural Outreach Center to receive $7,500 to combat rural poverty

Funding approved for West Seneca Food Pantry

Legislator Lorigo announces additional funding for West Seneca Youth programming

Legislature’s Majority Caucus cuts spending, delivers tax decrease in 2015

Leading by example, Legislature reduces own budget for 2015

November 2014 Column - Local groups dedicated to helping community need our help

Weights and Measures Director appears before committee, refuses to answers questions

Finance and Management Committee Chairman disappointed County Executive wasted $406,650

Do you agree with the Citizens Salary Review Commission’s recommendation to raise elected officials salaries?

Legislator Lorigo honors East Aurora Boys and Girls Club on 75 years of service

October 2014 Column - Public asked to weigh-in on recommendation to increase elected officials salaries

Legislators focus on cutting taxes for 2015 during review of county executive’s proposed budget

Legislator Lorigo announces Costumes for a Cause

Legislator Lorigo, Rite-Aid to host Flu Clinic

Visit Buffalo Niagara president tours District with Legislator Lorigo

Pharmaceutical Drug Collection Event is Saturday, Sept. 27

Road work completed with funds secured by Legislature

Statement from Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo on Hiring of Greg Olma to Key Position

August 2014 Column - AEDs in county parks can be a lifesaver

July 2014 Column - Community approach needed for preventing elder abuse

Legislator Lorigo to host Radon Awareness Outreach at West Seneca’s Main Street Marketplace

Local Boys & Girls Clubs receiving Summer Primetime Funding

Legislature requests County Executive capitalize on $250,000 in savings

June 2014 Column - Using smart business practices benefits government, taxpayers

Majority Leader Lorigo calls for resignation of Social Services Commissioner

May 2014 Column - Legislature’s midyear budget hearings critical for monitoring

Legislator Lorigo announces funding for district roadways

April 2014 Column - County Legislature taking necessary steps to get ‘shovels in the ground’ as soon as possible

Legislator Lorigo partners with Daisy Troop to thank members of law enforcement

Legislature applauds Sheriff's Office's award-winner Veterans Housing Unit

March 2014 Column - County considers law to assist police in recovering stolen items

Legislature Majority Caucus implements departmental reform initiatives

Legislator Lorigo to host Community Outreach Meetings at senior centers in March

February 2014 Column - Politics in government forces significant, unnecessary divides

‘Passports on the Move’ coming to Elma

Legislator Lorigo calls on State to change policy for placement of convicted sex offenders

Legislator Lorigo urges State to explore all options to assist West Seneca flooding victims

January 2014 Column - Legislature’s change in leadership forces new oversight


Press Releases - 2013

December 2013 Column - Today's hasty decisions could have long lasting implications

HEAP Outreach will be held Dec. 3 at Aurora Senior Center

Legislator Lorigo names Ken Hansen as November’s Citizen of Month 

November 2013 Column - True thank you to our veterans is said with quality services

Repairs to Ridge Road in West Seneca complete 

Legislator Lorigo, Supervisor Meegan announce change at dangerous curve near Senior Center 

October 2013 Column - County needs to focus on local improvements while State ranked worst for State Business Tax Climate 

Legislator Lorigo announces District Outreach Meetings 

September 2013 Column - Prescription collection kiosks reduce risk of abuse, poisonings 

Legislator Lorigo announces repair work on Bullis Road is complete

August 2013 Column - County has to prioritize funds, focus on infrastructure repairs

Legislators Lorigo and Mills to host Annual Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser at West Falls-Colden Library

County Primetime funding supports programs for hundreds of youth in East Aurora, Holland 

July 2013 Column - Veterans' organizations demonstrate commitment to helping our country's bravest 

May 2013 Column - Many sides involved in contract negotiations 

Legislator Lorigo opposes proposal to consider border crossing fee 

Legislator Lorigo marks Marilla Library's milestone with county proclamation 

April 2013 Column - Prescription Drug Take-Bake Day offers opportunity to dispose of medications properly 

Legislator Lorigo to sponsor blood drive with Unyts during National Donate Life Month

March 2013 Column - Local law would create county employee residency requirement

Legislator Lorigo proposes Employee Residency Requirement Act 

District 10 residents honored at Sheriff's Office graduation

Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale deadline is March 15 

February 2013 Column - Erie County Opposes SAFE Act, calls for repeal, revision 

NY SAFE Act - Opt-Out Form

Legislator Lorigo co-sponsors resolution Opposing NY SAFE Act of 2013 

Over 1,000 cards collected through Legislator Lorigo's 2nd annual Valentines for Veterans program 

Legislator Lorigo requests special session to discuss requests for gun permit holders' information 








Press Releases - 2012

December 2012 Column - Adopted 2013 budget eliminates tax increase, funds programs and services

Legislator Lorigo names West Seneca resident Citizen of the Month for December
HEAP Outreach will be held Dec. 13 at Aurora Senior Center
Sgt. Mark A. Rademacher Memorial Park/ Hunter’s Creek Park designated
Legislator Lorigo adopts eagle at Hawk Creek during 25th anniversary presentation
November 2012 Column - Property tax increase not needed during these economic times
Legislator Lorigo presents proclamation to West Seneca Boy Scout
Legislator Lorigo to host community meeting at West Seneca Senior Center

Legislator Lorigo announces free, guided walk at Emery Park

September 2012 Column - Unsettled lease agreement leaves unanswered questions

Legislator Lorigo promotes commerce, meets with businesses to discuss concerns, highlight successes

Legislator Lorigo recognizes Marilla Library for winning 2012 Battle of the Books

August 2012 Column - Proposed contract is fair

June 2012 Column - Choose borrowing option that saves taxpayers money

Cultural funding application available through Legislator Lorigo’s Office

Legislator Lorigo announces June 16th guided walk in Emery Park

Legislator Lorigo announces Senior Outreach Meeting at Elma Senior Center

Legislator Lorigo thanks community for supporting Explore and More fundraiser

May 2012 Column - Oil and chipping expected on 225 road miles

Legislator Lorigo to host Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser during Explore and More’s Touch-A-Truck event

Legislator Lorigo's Spring 2012 Newsletter

Legislator Lorigo's Spring 2012 Newsletter

April 2012 Column - Revisions necessary to four-year plan to best reflect needs of taxpayers

Legislator Lorigo to meet with residents at Marilla Library May 9

March 2012 Column - County website promotes open and transparent government

Legislator Lorigo announces NFTA public hearings to collect public input on proposed revisions to routes, fares

Order forms for the 2012 Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale are now available

Legislator Lorigo requests NFTA reconsider cuts to routes in District 10

January 2012 Column - New Districts bring challenges, opportunities

HEAP Outreach will be held Jan. 24 at Aurora Senior Center

Legislator Lorigo honored by appointment to committees

Legislator Lorigo sworn in as 10th District Representative