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Legislator Joe Lorigo and the war of legal opinions

As noted in today's story, Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo got a slap down last week when he was handed two legal opinions from the County Attorney's Office saying he could not keep his Legislature seat if he became a town prosecutor in West Seneca.

Lorigo was appointed to serve as a prosecutor and as an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer by the West Seneca Town Board at its Jan. 4 organizational meeting. Those jobs together paid a total of $8,500 a year.

In response, Lorigo got a separate legal opinion saying that there are no legal impediments to him serving as West Seneca's town prosecutor.

Here are the two legal opinions stating that Lorigo can't hold both jobs:

Hodgson Russ opinion re Lorigo

Kavinoky Cook opinion re Lorigo

Here is the counter legal opinion saying that he can hold both jobs:

Phillips Lytle opinion re Lorigo

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