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County Executive's request to NFL highlights need for transparency during stadium discussions


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Legislator Ted Morton delivered the original blueprints from 1970 for a proposed domed stadium in the Town of Lancaster to the Lancaster Historical Society. The stadium that never was had been intended to house the Buffalo Bills football team and...

Zero. That’s the number of people on Governor Cuomo’s politically appointed fast-food minimum wage board that had any experience operating in the fast-food industry.

Legislator Ted Morton, residents, motorists and business owners have voiced their concern about how narrow William Street is, saying that the road can’t safely handle the current volume of traffic. After repeated attempts urging the County...

Last week I kicked off my Summer 2015 Business Tour and met with business owners from a variety of industries to talk about their concerns and receive an update on how business is going. Like many of you, we found ourselves talking about the most...

Today, the Erie County Legislature opposed the recent recommendation of a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers in New York State by the New York Minimum Wage Board. Per the recommendation, rates would be raised incrementally in New York City,...

Legislator Ted Morton is pleased that the County Executive has taken steps to gather appropriate information from the National Football League to determine if a new stadium is necessary to make the Buffalo Bills viable, however, the request to obtain access to the team's financial books, reiterates Legislator Morton's position that transparency is critical to the process. A position that the County Executive hasn't supported himself. 

Legislator Morton has been critical of the County Executive for not requiring that the New Stadium Working Group and the Erie County Stadium Corp. operate publically and for failing to post important information, including meeting dates to allow residents to attend.

May 19, 2014: Legislator Morton calls on Poloncarz to abide by open meetings law regarding stadium working group

"Considering the comments made over past few days from the County Executive regarding funding for a possible new Bills stadium, I continue to hope that the New Stadium Working Group that he and members of his administration serve on will do everything they can to keep the public involved and actively seek their participation. I sent him a letter in May asking for transparency from him and the new stadium working group. I hope all relevant portions of the discussions are open to the public, especially if taxpayer investment is possible in the future. The County has already agreed to invest $41 million in stadium renovations as part of the recently signed Bills lease, this is a substantial investment for Erie County residents, and any further decisions deserve extensive public input," Legislator Morton stated.

The Erie County Executive's response to Legislator Morton's request for increased transparency: Click here to read copy of the response