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County, Town push for creek maintenance at Stony Road to avoid flooding


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With so much going on throughout our world, we sometimes don’t take note of some of the big changes occurring right outside our door.


The Erie County Legislature has approved Ruthie’s Law to require improved accountability from nursing homes in cases where a resident has been badly injured. The law, named after Ruth Murray, recognizes that nursing homes have a responsibility to notify family members or guardians when a patient has been badly injured as soon as possible.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced the County Legislature has authorized the construction of a new bridge and culvert on Stony Road over Ellicott Creek in Lancaster.


This month I wanted to talk about a new law I sponsored that will offer additional protections to our seniors residing in nursing homes and will improve access to information that is vital to families that are choosing a nursing home. Ruthie’s Law aims to respond to recent incidents of neglect occurring at nursing homes throughout our community by becoming more proactive and providing more transparency regarding incidents and their causes.  


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton reminds residents that the county hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days every spring.


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton and Town of Lancaster Supervisor Dino Fudoli met recently to discuss maintenance of Ellicott Creek to avoid flooding issues. Specifically, the officials targeted the area near Stony Road, located in the northern part of town, as it has been prone to jamming and flooding in the past.

To alleviate the threat of flooding, Legislator Morton, at the request of Supervisor Fudoli, contacted the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District asking that the creek be cleared as soon as possible to remove debris that was threatening to cause an obstruction. The Soil and Water Conservation District quickly responded with a plan to send crews to the site earlier this week.

“Our focus was preventative maintenance. By recognizing the area as one of concern, the county and town were able to address the hazard before it caused flooding and grief for residents in that area. I want to thank the crews for responding quickly and clearing debris from that section of Ellicott Creek,” said Legislator Morton.

“This has been an issue for some time and must remain on our radar. We cannot let these problems be ignored or pushed off as we have seen the significant flooding that can occur. It is critical for the residents in the area of Stony Road that the county properly maintain Ellicott Creek. I want to thank Legislator Morton and the county for addressing our town’s concerns,” said Supervisor Fudoli.