Modified: September 23, 2021 3:35pm
The Erie County Legislature voted unanimously in support of Legislator Lorigo’s resolution directing the County Executive, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and New York State to release their study regarding a potential new stadium.
However, when discussing an amendment to the resolution, Democrats in the Legislature voted against an additional clause that would require representatives from each legislative caucus be present during negotiations. Legislator Lorigo voted in support of the measure to have legislative representatives present during meetings between the County and Pegula Sports Entertainment.
Minority Leader Lorigo said, “This is a positive step toward transparency in dealing with a new stadium. Taxpayers we represent deserve to know what’s going on, especially surrounding a project this size that will likely involve public dollars. However, my colleagues across the aisle struck down an amendment I put forth that would require more representation from the Legislature during negotiations. It is our duty as legislators to make decisions that best serve the people we represent. As I’ve said all along, we should have a seat at the table.”