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Joseph C. Lorigo -
District 10


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Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

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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.

Portion of Bullis Road to be closed for 3 months

Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that Bullis Road will be closed from Girdle Road to Town Line Road in the Town of Elma from Monday, March 20 through appoximately Friday, June 30 for bridge rehabilitation.  

February 2017 Column - Kicking the can down the road will hurt next generation of taxpayers

Over the past week, the County Executive has been aggressive in pushing Legislators to support Erie County borrowing $188 million on behalf of ECMC.  After a thorough review of the proposal, I cannot support that plan and encourage ECMC to pursue the other options it laid out. Hospital officials have stated they are building a new trauma center, even if the Erie County Legislature chooses not to support this borrowing plan.

Majority Leader Lorigo named to ECIDA Board

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Leader, Joseph Lorigo, Legislator for the 10th District, has been named to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) Board of Directors for 2017. As newly appointed Chairman of the Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, Legislator Lorigo will serve as the Legislature’s representative on the board. 

Forum planned to discuss condition of Maple Road

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that a forum will be held to provide an update on Maple Road and the county’s plans to repair the roadway. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at the Elma Town Hall, in the courtroom, 1600 Bowen Road, Elma. All are welcome to attend.

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.