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Legislator Lorigo to talk tax reform at White House

Joseph C. Lorigo, majority leader of the Erie County Legislature, will travel to the White House on Nov. 16 to discuss federal tax reform with cabinet secretaries and other members of President Trump's team.

“This came as a surprise to me, but it’s really a great honor and an excellent opportunity for the people I represent,” Lorigo said Saturday.

A Conservative from West Seneca, Lorigo said he will use the visit to argue for preserving the state and local tax deduction.

Lorigo earlier sent a letter to Trump urging that the deduction be preserved, saying: “This deduction not only encourages home ownership, but in Erie County goes one step further, becoming part of the calculus for potential buyers in determining what they can afford in setting a budget.”

Lorigo is engaged in a heated battle for re-election on Tuesday against Democrat Michelle Schoeneman.

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