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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

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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.

Legislator Lorigo secures additional funding for libraries, veterans memorial

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo announces that additional funding has been allocated for the libraries in his district. The West Seneca, Elma, Marilla and East Aurora branches have each received $1,000.

October 2015 Column - Efforts underway to reduce number of Zombie Properties in suburban, rural towns

Vacant homes, referred to as Zombie Properties, are becoming a serious problem across Erie County.  A recent report released by Assemblyman Michael Kearns shows there are approximately 800 Zombie Properties in this region, greatly affecting our neighborhoods.

Majority Leader Lorigo seeks ride sharing roundtable in Buffalo

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo would like to see Buffalo at the center of discussions that are taking place to bring Uber and other ride sharing services to Upstate New York. In a letter sent to New York State Assembly Insurance Committee Chairman, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Majority Leader Lorigo advocates for hosting a roundtable in Buffalo in hopes of finally bringing these extremely popular and successful services to Buffalo where affordable public transportation is significantly lacking.

Legislator Lorigo presents proclamation to Queen of Heaven students for taking stand against bullying

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo applauds the efforts of Queen of Heaven School’s faculty and students for taking a stand against bullying during October – National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. During an assembly held Oct. 2, 2015 at the school, Legislator Lorigo presented a proclamation recognizing National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and congratulating Queen of Heaven on its efforts to combat all forms of bullying.

Legislators present donation to community library

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills and Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo are pleased to announce that the 9th annual West Falls-Colden Community Library Hot Dog Roast Fundraiser totaled $965 to support efforts to keep the branch open.

September 2015 Column - 2016 County budget process focuses on ways to reduce taxes, save costs

I want to thank the directors and trustees from the East Aurora, Elma, Marilla and West Seneca libraries for taking the time to meet with me recently to review the unique problems they face, identify the issues that every branch shares, and to discuss current library operations and new initiatives underway. 

Legislator Lorigo meets with business owners, discusses ways to support local economy

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo completed a local business tour this past summer meeting with business owners and their employees to discuss the challenges they are currently facing and ways government, and the Legislature specifically, can help.

Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event - Sept. 26

The Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus announces that a Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at various sites throughout the county. Residents are welcome to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications, syringes, inhalers, liquids, ointments, patches, etc. However, products that contain mercury or radioactive materials will not be accepted.

August 2015 Column - Forcing closure of bars at 2 a.m. won’t address DWI concerns

There has been much talk recently about how late bars should be allowed to stay open in Erie County. Currently, Erie County requires bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol at 4 a.m.  Bars are not required to stay open that late, and have the ability to close earlier if they choose.  Last week, the Erie County Clerk proposed limiting the bar closing time to 2 a.m.  In his proposal, he claimed that doing so would help reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities.  However, none of the data I found supports that contention.