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I wanted to report this month regarding the ongoing contract dispute between the County and AFSCME Local 1095, which represents many of the blue collar workers throughout our county. These workers often work pay check to pay check and in some cases hold second jobs to make ends meet.


We’ve all experienced it. Driving down Transit Road in the heart of our community when all of a sudden the road tightens and your regular commute turns into a roller coaster as you head down and underneath the main railroad lines before climbing back out. Meanwhile, you’re hoping not to get sideswiped by a larger vehicle navigating the narrow stretch between French Road and Gould Avenue. Maybe you’ve seen one of our first responders racing to get to a call and due to the challenges of this stretch they accidently lose a side mirror on one of the bridges, an accident which has occurred all too often.


With the New York State SAFE Act punishing legal gun owners through burdensome regulations, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) today voted in favor of a measure to support New York State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R-North Tonawanda) legislation to repeal the SAFE Act in areas outside of New York City.


Members of the Erie County Legislature have requested that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) Board appear at the next Finance and Management Committee meeting to discuss the new plan that would allow the ECFSA to borrow on behalf of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) new emergency room. To account for the borrowing the County Executive has submitted a Declaration of Need, which requires Legislative approval.


In the wake of ongoing traffic and pedestrian safety issues, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced the passage of a resolution calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to increase funding to widen Transit Road between French and Gould. The Erie County Legislature approved Legislator Morton’s resolution unanimously at the March 9, 2017 session.


Legislator Ted Morton was born and raised in Western New York and for the last 30 years has lived in the Cheektowaga/Depew area with his wife of 34 years, Christine, and their daughter, Kristin.

He was first elected to the Legislature in 2013, taking office in January 2014. In 2015, Legislator Morton was re-elected. Legislator Morton chairs the Energy and Environment Committee. Upon his election to the Legislature, Legislator Morton chose to close the District 8 Office, saving taxpayers money. To best serve his constituents, Legislator Morton hosts outreach meetings and is available to meet with residents throughout the district.

As a self-employed financial planner who helps families, small business owners, and non-for-profits invest wisely, Legislator Morton has brought his motto, “every penny counts when planning for the future,” with him to the Legislature.

Legislator Morton serves as a board member for WNY Kidney Connection, which connects individuals in immediate need of a new kidney with those caring enough to donate. After reading an article in the Buffalo News about two women brought together by WNY Kidney Connection, he felt the need to get involved. In June 2009, he donated a kidney to a stranger through Kidney Connection and continues to be very involved with the group’s mission.

Through his involvement in the community, he has worked as an advocate for taxpayers. Legislator Morton is a 20-year member of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, serving on their Business & Government Affairs Committee to help shape policies supported by small business owners that help protect family businesses. He is an active member of the Dick Urban Community Association and recently became a charter member of the Lancaster Kiwanis Club.