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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
Email: joseph.lorigo@erie.gov

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

The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, seconded by Legislator Betty Jean Grant, to move forward with the process to determine how to allocate $1 million in the fight against the opioid/heroin epidemic.

Porterville Road Bridge in Marilla closed until September

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces Porterville Road Bridge, located between West Blood Road and Hemstreet Road in Marilla, is closed. Work is expected to last until September 1. Please plan accordingly. 

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

In recent weeks the Erie County Legislature has addressed a few items that will benefit our elderly and vulnerable residents. I want to thank the Department of Senior Services for focusing efforts on bringing more dining programs to the towns I represent. In January, Senior Services opened the Stay Fit Dining Program in Marilla; and just last week the Legislature approved a new program at the Elma Senior Center, which will open within the next few weeks. Along with a nutritious meal, Stay Fit Dining locations offer free wellness counseling and education.


Erie County Legislature declares May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo announces that Erie County has recognized May 2017 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month to educate and protect the community. A proclamation was presented to Stephanie Szymanski and her parents, Juliet and Kenneth, along with Margaret Schaefer at the May 11 session.


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

The Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo reminds residents that the county hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days every spring.


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.