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Poloncarz defends $25K investigation into Lorigo

Posted: 9:21 PM, May 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-20 16:20:14Z

Facing allegations of fueling a political witch hunt, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is defending spending $25,000 to investigate Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo.

"There was no attempt to remove Joe Lorigo as a legislator. It's as simple as that," Poloncarz said.

The county spent $25,000 in legal fees with two law firms to see if Lorigo could legally accept a position as part-time town prosecutor in West Seneca while also being a legislator.  

"If Mr. Lorigo was precluded from serving in the role... it would have been a much worse disaster if a $1.7 billion dollar government was questioned because one individual might not have been able to serve," Poloncarz said.

Lorigo has since resigned from his post as town-prosecutor.