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


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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.

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.