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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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February 2015 Column - Proposed Term Limit Law Should Not Exempt Current Officeholders

Recently, several of my colleagues in the Erie County Legislature proposed a law that would impose term limits on all county elected officials.  The law allows for three four-year terms for the County Executive, Comptroller, Clerk, District Attorney and Sherriff and six two-year terms for legislators.  The law is sponsored by five of the six legislators in the Majority Caucus.  My name is absent as a co-sponsor, and I’d like to explain why.

Legislator Lorigo concerned by County Executive’s miscalculations during 2014 construction season

Last year, the Legislature unanimously approved an additional $5 million to be spent specifically for infrastructure repair.  However, the County Executive opposed the additional spending, claiming the money could not be used in the 2014 road repair schedule.  During the February 5 meeting of the Erie County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, Majority Leader, Joseph C. Lorigo learned that 86 percent ($4.3 million) of an additional $5 million allocated for 2014 road repairs was spent, despite pushback from the County Executive. 

Legislator Lorigo hopes explanation for withdrawal of commissioner’s appointment can ensure productive searches going forward

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Leader, Joseph C. Lorigo, sent a letter to the County Executive asking for further explanation concerning his withdrawal of Carol Dankert-Maurer’s name as Mental Health Commissioner. The County Executive withdrew the appointment a few days before the Legislature was set to vote on his recommendation, after the Health and Human Services Committee had met with Dankert-Maurer for over an hour to discuss her qualifications.

January 2015 Column - Thruway should not close for a few inches of snow

Like many of you, I awoke on Jan. 9 to some snow and blowing wind. It wasn’t anything we hadn’t dealt with before. For many of us, after the 7-foot Snovember storm, it seemed like nothing. Because of the conditions, the roads were a little treacherous, plows hadn’t yet reached some roadways before commuters hit the streets, and everyone had to give themselves extra time to get to work. Nothing too extreme.

HEAP Outreach will be held Feb. 3 at Aurora Senior Center

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St, East Aurora.  Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.  All applicants will be interviewed.  

Legislator Lorigo requests County officials work together to solve inmate healthcare copay problem

The Erie County Legislature’s Majority Leader, Joseph C. Lorigo, sent a letter to the County Attorney requesting a Home Rule Request be drafted and sent to the New York State Legislature that would grant Erie County the right to charge inmates in the county’s correctional facility and holding center a copay for medical care they receive. Majority Leader Lorigo is frustrated with New York State’s slow response and is requesting Erie County officials and State leaders work together in support of State legislation that would allow Erie County to create a policy to collect copays and save taxpayer money.

Chairman Mills, Majority Leader Lorigo reappointed at reorganizational meeting

The Majority Caucus re-elected Legislator Joseph Lorigo to the position of Majority Leader. First elected to the Legislature in 2011, Majority Leader Lorigo was the first Conservative Party member to hold the position when he was appointed by the Republican-aligned Majority Caucus in 2014.

December 2014 Column - Legislature delivers tax cut in 2015 budget while continuing investment in community

On Dec. 2, the Erie County Legislature unanimously approved the 2015 budget that reduces taxes, funds critical services and supports cultural and service organizations. The Legislature was able to cut spending in the County Executive’s proposed budget, which only held the line on taxes, to deliver a tax decrease next year. 

Legislator Lorigo announces additional funding for local Boys and Girls Clubs

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo is pleased to announce that the Legislature has supported his request for additional funding for the East Aurora, Holland, and EMW Boys and Girls Clubs in the 2015 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved an additional $3,750 at today’s annual Budget Meeting, bringing the total to $15,000 to be shared among the clubs next year.

Rural Outreach Center to receive $7,500 to combat rural poverty

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo is pleased to announce that the Legislature has supported his request for funding for the Rural Outreach Center, located in South Wales, in the 2015 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved $7,500 at today’s annual Budget Meeting to support the center’s efforts to combat rural poverty and help residents in need of various services.