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


At a Meet and Greet hosted by the Western New York Kidney Connection held on September 27, 2015, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) offered a testimonial on his experience donating a kidney and great work the...

For my column this month I wanted to talk about a very serious issue going on in our community. As many know, Depew and Lancaster face a serious drug problem. Recently several residents of Depew brought up concerns...

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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