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


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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 (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.


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