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Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

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Majority Leader Lorigo releases statement following County Executive’s approval of ‘Concussion Law’

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo has released a statement following the County Executive’s announcement he has approved the local Concussion Law

July 2016 Column - Better management should be government’s first approach to problem solving

Last week, as chair of the Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee, I hosted two days of informational hearings with each county office and department. The required Mid-Year Budget Hearings are designed to provide the Legislature with a snapshot of where each department stands financially, if they will close out the year under or above budget, and what changes might be needed in the coming year. All in all, each department reported that everything was going well.

Majority Leader statement on County Executive’s budget surplus announcement

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo responds to the County Executive taking credit for the 2015 surplus.

June 2016 Column - Failure to approve ridesharing would further up/downstate divide, Legislature identifies new approach to battle lead

A few weeks ago, I spoke at a rally in support of bringing ridesharing to Upstate New York. Having companies such as Uber or Lyft won’t just be positive for the City of Buffalo, but also the suburbs and rural areas where public transportation is at a minimum.

Legislator Lorigo announces Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer programming through Primetime Funding

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that Cornell Cooperative Extension, in East Aurora, has received 2016 Primetime Funding for the first time. The organization will receive $7,500 to provide programming this summer.

Majority Leader Lorigo honors 2016 M1 for Vets honorees

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo recently recognized two local veterans for their service and sacrifice. Proclamations were presented to Lance Corporal Mark Beyers and Corporal Mark O’Brien, Marine Corps veterans, who were wounded in action, during M1 for Vets’ presentation held recently at the Aurora Fish & Game Club.


May 2016 Column - Difference in priorities must be addressed

Recently the Erie County Legislature’s 11 members have come together to work on several key initiatives and I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished. The Legislature unanimously approved a plan to create the Opioid Response Hotline, committed funding for hazardous lead abatement, and passed a budget balancing amendment package that invests in Erie County while sending millions back to fund balance that the County Executive wanted to spend on various items.

Majority Leader Lorigo delivers remarks at rally to legalize ridesharing in upstate

Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo joined Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, members of the Western New York State Delegation, Erie County Legislators, Buffalo Common Council Members, representatives of diverse sectors including tourism, business, education, cultural institutions, health care and developmental disability advocates at a rally at Kleinhan's Music Hall to voice their support for enabling ridesharing companies to operate throughout New York.  

April 2016 Column - New initiatives create priority discussion

As we close the first quarter of 2016, Erie County is at a crossroads. The County Executive has put forward a costly agenda in his second term, requesting dozens of new jobs, millions of dollars in additional spending, and utilizing surplus funds to create long-term costs. We also have reports of declining sales tax revenue to the tune of $9 million under budget for 2015.  Quite frankly, the budget surplus is not the positive picture that the County Executive is painting.  It isn’t added cash, it’s simply money meant to be spent in 2015 that wasn’t spent.  

Legislature supports RecruitNY, recognizes importance of volunteer firefighters

Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo announces that the Legislature has approved a proclamation in support of the 6th annual RecruitNY, encouraging residents to consider joining their local fire company, which are in critical need of new members.