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Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) was recently invited to speak at the annual Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, held Feb. 10, where he provided an update on a wide range of issues, including the county’s budget, the county’s relationship with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), the opioid epidemic and education.


Seven counties that help make up Western New York came together to send a letter and very clear message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: we need unfunded mandate reform. A total of 90 legislators from Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties signed on to ask the Governor to work to provide relief for counties through meaningful reform. 


As we start 2017 I wanted to talk about some of my priorities and the challenges we will face in Erie County.

Just last week the Legislature approved the 2017 Erie County budget and I’m pleased to report that we were able to fund our key initiatives residents expect and deserve while delivering a small tax rate cut. Since taking office I’ve pledged to fight for a tax cut every year that I’m in office and I’m proud to report that this will be the third year in a row that we’ve been successful in that effort.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will hold two focus group sessions to gather public opinion on Como Lake Park as the department works to update the Parks Master Plan.

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.