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Joseph C. Lorigo -
District 10


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92 Franklin Street
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Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

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

The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a local law that is designed to aid members of law enforcement in the recovery of stolen items sold to pawn brokers and second-hand dealers. The local law, approved unanimously Thursday, Dec. 17, regulates the reselling of items, most notably requiring stores to hold items for two weeks. This would allow law enforcement time to search for and possibly recover stolen items.

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

At the end of October, Elma Town Hall was illuminated with 149 paper bag lanterns, each one representing a local resident who died from a heroin overdose this year. The image was poignant. Just a few weeks later on the evening of the County Legislature’s annual budget hearing, 180 lanterns were placed at the Rath Building. More lives lost.

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

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo, Chairman of the Finance and Management Committee, announces that his committee voted today to approve a resolution that urges the New York State Assembly, Senate and Governor to remove the current statute that bans the sale of alcohol before noon on Sundays.

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

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that the Firemen's Memorial Exhibit Center of Western New York, located in West Seneca, will receive $2,500 in the 2016 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved the allocation at today’s annual Budget Meeting to support the museum’s efforts to preserve local firefighting history and artifacts. 

Legislator Lorigo secures additional funding for local Boys and Girls Clubs

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that the Elma, Marilla, Wales (EMW) Boys and Girls Club, the East Aurora Boys and Girls Club and the Holland Club will receive additional funding in the 2016 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved $1,667 for each club at today’s annual Budget Meeting to support the club’s mission of providing quality programming to the towns’ young people.

Legislator Lorigo announces $5,000 for Rural Outreach Center

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that the Legislature has supported his request for funding for the Rural Outreach Center, located in South Wales, in the 2016 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved $5,000 at today’s annual Budget Meeting to support the center’s efforts to combat rural poverty and help residents through various services. 

Legislator Lorigo announces HEAP Outreaches in East Aurora, West Seneca

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be Monday, Dec. 7 at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Doors open at 8:30am.  All applicants will be interviewed. 

Rural Outreach Center Chairman named Citizen of the Month

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo is pleased to announce that Frank Cerny has been named the November 2015 Erie County Citizen of the Month for his work with the Rural Outreach Center located in the Town of Aurora. Cerny was honored at the Nov. 19, 2015 legislative session with a proclamation marking this recognition

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

Earlier this month we recognized Veterans Day, a day to honor all veterans, past and present, from all branches of the military. At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, I attended the annual West Seneca Veterans Day Ceremony, and one day prior to the holiday, Erie County unveiled the new Purple Heart County signs that recognize those injured or killed in combat. These were both nice events, but what is most important on Veterans Day is to ensure we are supporting our veterans in their everyday lives.

Majority Leader Lorigo responds to Poloncarz dodging questions

After reading County Executive Poloncarz’s statement yesterday, I am disappointed in his feigned position of helplessness.  In September, when refugees were desperately fleeing Syria, and it was politically beneficial to do so, Mark Poloncarz said, “We will be opening our arms again to help Syrians in need.” Now, after terrorist strike in the hear t of Paris, he changes his tune, claiming that Erie County has no say in the process, and that it is the Federal and State government who decides.  This is political hypocrisy at its worst.