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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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Hero honored for saving truck driver on I-90

The Erie County Legislature honored West Seneca resident Ed Brunner at the March 26, 2015 session in recognition of his efforts to save the life of Larry Coulter. Mr. Brunner’s quick thinking and disregard for his own safety lead to Mr. Coulter being freed from the cab of his burning dump truck after crashing on Interstate 90 on March 16. Mr. Brunner was presented with a County Proclamation recognizing his heroism.

March 2015 Column - County addresses potholes, discusses proposed laws

While the end of winter brings much relief to the drivers of Western New York, it also brings a whole new set of issues – damaged roads. At the beginning of March, a new county email was launched allowing residents to report potholes on county roads. Please email to make a report. You can also call (716) 858-7966 to make a complaint.

Legislators respond to County Executive’s recommendation for Social Services Commissioner

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo and Legislator Lynne Dixon said they learned through social media that a recommendation for the commissioner of the Department of Social Services had been made. The County Executive announced he will recommend Al Dirschberger to lead the department.

Legislator Lorigo announces Pothole Hotline, email

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announces that Erie County’s Department of Public Works has added an email for residents to report a pothole. The email is in addition to a complaint tip line, (716) 858-7966, where residents can leave a voicemail with a complaint.

Legislature discusses County Government Efficiency Plan aimed at providing tax credit to residents

The Erie County Legislature’s Finance and Management Committee, Chaired by Majority Leader Joseph C. Lorigo, discussed the County Government Efficiency Plan at today’s meeting to implement improvements that could provide additional relief to taxpayers.

Legislator Lorigo delivers educational art kits to West Seneca School District’s middle schools

Thanks to a partnership between Albright Knox Art Gallery and Erie County, thousands of educational art kits are being delivered to local middle schools. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo joined West Seneca East Middle School administrators to distribute the kits to students.

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.