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Lorigo challenger denounces Legislature's 'lack of transparency'on Water Authority

Michelle Schoeneman has found a topic she hopes will elevate her 10th District campaign against incumbent  Joseph Lorigo: The Erie County Water Authority.

Lorigo, the Erie County Legislature Majority Leader, in August said he would call the Erie County Water Authority before the Legislature in September to answer questions, including those related to spending and transparency. On the same day that story ran in The Buffalo News, Schoeneman delivered a letter to the Legislature, urging its members to schedule a public hearing on the water main break that left 100,000 residents with limited access to water.

That meeting was held last week, but Lorigo's description of the meeting was not what was originally described. Unlike all other committee presentations that day, the meeting with the water authority was held at the very end of the Energy and Environment Committee meeting chaired by Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga.

Schoeneman as noted on her campaign Facebook page: "WITH NO PUBLIC NOTICE AND WITHOUT IT BEING LISTED ON THE AGENDA. Then, they asked easy questions and that was the end of it."

The Democratic challenger: "I say to you unequivocally that when I am your legislator, THIS LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND EXCLUSION OF YOUR VOICES WILL NOT STAND. It is unacceptable that we, as constituents, are expected to sit back and take whatever they dish out."

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