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


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Legislator Ted Morton today announced that the Legislature has declared April 2017 as Donate Life Month in Erie County.

I wanted to report this month regarding the ongoing contract dispute between the County and AFSCME Local 1095, which represents many of the blue collar workers throughout our county. These workers often work pay check to pay check and in some cases hold second jobs to make ends meet.


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.


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.