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Joseph C. Lorigo -
District 10


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

Phone: 858-8922
Fax: 858-8895

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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.

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

Many college students are enjoying a nice break this summer before they return to classes in the fall. Unfortunately for Erie Community College students, returning in the fall just became $300 more expensive.  

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

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo and Legislator Ted Morton have requested that the county thoroughly examine a leasing option for county vehicles to determine if tax dollars could be saved. Recently, Cattaraugus County partnered with a national car rental company to save $700,000 by leasing 70 vehicles through the company. The Legislators are requesting the county look into this option as it determines how to best maintain its large fleet of vehicles.

Legislators disappointed that ECC budget includes tuition hike

Members of the Erie County Legislature are extremely disappointed that the 2015-2016 Erie Community College budget was approved with a $300 tuition hike. Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Legislator Ted Morton and Legislator Edward Rath attempted to amend the proposed budget to remove the second consecutive tuition hike. The budget was approved as proposed by a vote of 8-3 with Legislators Lorigo, Morton and Rath voting against.