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Five Questions with Joseph Lorigo


Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo at an Erie County Legislature meeting in January. (Sharon Cantillon/ Buffalo News)

Joseph C. Lorigo

The Basics:
Age: 30
Party: Conservative
Job Title: Erie County Legislator, 10th Legislative District (Aurora, Colden, East Aurora, Elma, Holland, Marilla, Wales, West Seneca)
Family: Wife, Jean; and dog, Henry
Town: West Seneca
Education: Canisius College, bachelor of arts, 2003; State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, law degree, 2007; UB School of Management, master of business administration, 2007.
Salary: $42,588

The Questions: 
What's one thing people don't know about you?
I have played the piano since I was 12 years old, and it is truly something I love to do.  I don’t play nearly as often as I used to, but it is still something I do as a way to relax. While I haven’t played in public in quite some time, I used to play dinner music at restaurants when I was younger. There is a part of me that would love to play the piano in a band.

What music have you been listening to lately?
I enjoy a variety, including country music, classic rock and others.

What's your favorite restaurant? 
I really enjoy Tantalus and Rick’s on Main in East Aurora, and Schwabl’s in West Seneca.

Who is your political hero? 
My political hero would have to be Abraham Lincoln. He was someone who believed in what was right and stuck to his principles. I also admire him for his ability to unify the country after it had been torn apart by civil war.  I sometimes think that the nation is more divided today than it has been in years, which I find troubling.  Nobody is ever going to completely agree on everything, but I would like to see people working together to do what’s best for the people, not necessarily what’s best for themselves or their party.

What's the worst part of your job? 
Not being able to be in two places at once. There are always meetings, charitable fundraisers, festivals and other events going on. I would like to attend them all, but sometimes I am logistically unable to.

-- Denise Jewell Gee

What's in a letter? More than what's said at the Erie County Legislature

The Erie County Legislature files away plenty of documents, letters and correspondence under the heading "receive and file" during its course of business.

Occasionally, a letter that quietly slips into the public record reveals a whole lot more than what is said at the public dais.

One of those missives was filed away last week during a Legislature Finance and Management Committee meeting. The four-page letter, sent from County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz to Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo in April, provides a glimpse into the evolving relationship between the Democratic county executive and members of the Legislature's minority coalition.

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