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Joseph C. Lorigo -
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Legislator Lorigo’s 5th annual Valentines for Veterans program generates hundreds of cards

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo and several schools in his district are partnering to send a special thank you to local members of the military. Hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards created through the Legislator’s 5th annual Valentines for Veterans program will be delivered to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station before the holiday.

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

The Erie County Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee met with the Buffalo Urban League, former employees and community activists today to discuss serious issues raised during the Comptroller Office’s contract review of the agency. In his analysis of the review, Finance and Management Committee Chairman Joseph Lorigo questioned how the billing errors could have occurred in the first place and how to prevent this from happening in the future.

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

The committee process is a critical part of government operations, allowing the members to fully vet issues. I am honored to again serve as Chairman of the Erie County Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee, which handles several critical fiscal matters, including the annual budget, normal expenditures and audits.

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

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the West Seneca Coalition Resources Center at New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Doors open at 8:30am.  All applicants will be interviewed.   

Majority Leader Lorigo statement on ‘Pawn Shop Law’

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo was pleased to learn that the County Executive signed the Legislature’s “Pawn Shop Law” today, completing the process to enact the legislation. The law, cosponsored by Majority Leader Lorigo, was approved unanimously at the Dec. 17 Legislative session.  Its goal is to aid law enforcement in their efforts to recover stolen goods sold to second-hand dealers.

Majority Leader Lorigo to lead Caucus for third year

In its second term in the majority, the Republican-aligned Caucus, which includes Legislator Edward Rath (R-Amherst), Legislator Kevin Hardwick (R-Tonawanda), Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga), Chairman Mills (R-Orchard Park) and Legislator Lynne Dixon (I-Hamburg),  elected Legislator Joseph Lorigo (C-West Seneca) to his third term as Majority Leader.

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.