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

This past week, Governor Cuomo took his “State of the State” address on a tour across New York.  In his speech, he made several promises and put forward a number of ambitious proposals.  Unfortunately for you and me, the Governor never once mentioned how New Yorkers are going to be able to afford all of his out of control spending.  Of course, it’s easy to sound positive and upbeat when you’re spending other people’s money; but the reality is every one of these plans is expensive - and WE are the ones who pay for it.  Enough is enough.

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

“I was happy to hear Governor Cuomo make ridesharing a priority in his State of the State address in Buffalo.  As Governor Cuomo said today, ‘If it makes sense for downstate, it makes sense for upstate.’ Legislation allowing ridesharing for all of New York State has languished far too long.  Our State Legislators must find a way to act as quickly as possible to further economic development, increase New Yorkers’ access to reliable transportation, and protect our safety on the road.  I join many voices who are tired of the excuses and the influence of special interest groups who continually block ridesharing from operating throughout the State.  We are ready for results. I’d ask our local delegation to continue their fight in Albany so Western New York can have the same amenities as New York City and the rest of the country.” 

HEAP Outreach at Aurora Senior Center on Jan. 10

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., #A, East Aurora. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed.   

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

The Erie County Legislature and the County Executive have agreed on the 2017 budget, which includes a tax rate decrease for the third consecutive year. While other levels of government are raising taxes, the county has found a way to continuously lower them.

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

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo is pleased to announce that Jim Manley of West Seneca has been named the November 2016 Erie County Citizen of the Month for his dedication to the community, especially ensuring that veterans receive the services they deserve. Manley was honored at American Legion Post 735 in West Seneca.

Legislator Lorigo announces HEAP Outreaches at town senior centers

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreaches will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca, and Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., #A, East Aurora. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed.   

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

I woke up early this past Election Day and attempted to put my thoughts into words. In the end, I shared the following Facebook post: “It has finally arrived. It is Election Day 2016, and the polls have just opened. In truth, today seems to have a much more somber tone to it than previous election days.

Legislator Lorigo announces Legislature revises public hearing schedule to accommodate residents

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo announces that the Legislature unanimously approved a resolution on Nov. 3, 2016 that is aimed at increasing public participation in county government. Cosponsored by Majority Leader Lorigo, Chairman John Mills and Legislator Ted Morton, the resolution will force a rule change to require that all Legislature public hearings be held no earlier than 6 p.m.

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

Earlier this week I joined some of my colleagues in the Majority Caucus to discuss road conditions at a press event and bring attention to just a few of the many roadways that need repair. The next day, I met with the Aurora Town Supervisor, Elma Town Supervisor and concerned residents on Maple Road to talk about that stretch of roadway from West Blood to the village.

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

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo has submitted a law to ensure that Erie County employees who are serving our country receive their full county pay while on military personnel leave. Currently, many reservists receive a lower salary during periods of deployment and training.