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January 2016 Column - A New Year, New Term


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

We’ve all read the stories in the paper of the countless individuals suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. There has been a lot of talk of families being ripped apart by this tragedy, too often we hear talk but see little action.

Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.


At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.


Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.


Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.


I’m excited to begin a new year and term to build upon the work that the Legislature started the past two years. 2016 brings new opportunities to improve and challenges to tackle.

 

Bringing fiscal responsibility to county government has been, and will continue to be, a top priority of mine. The Legislature lowered the tax rate two years in a row while continuing to fund key programs for our community. We examined the budget line by line to find waste and made the necessary cuts. The Legislature also continues to lead by example and identified significant savings in our budget. As your legislator, I will continue to fight to lower taxes every year that I am in office.

 

Rebuilding our aging infrastructure is an area that we must continue to invest in. As our communities continue to grow, we must make sure our infrastructure is adequate.  Infrastructure investment is a key part in helping the flow of commerce in our economy, and ensuring that all residents can safely travel to where they need to be. With that being said, I will continue to push for the widening of William Street in Lancaster to help accommodate the increase in traffic and improve pedestrian safety. Investing in projects to repair Harris Hill, Pleasant View, Stony Road, as well as others, is also a top priority this year.

 

As winter begins I’m excited to announce that sledding and cross country skiing has finally opened at Como Lake Park, as long as conditions allow. However, this crown jewel in our community is in desperate need of repair, including the dredging of the lake, rebuilding of pedestrian bridges, and other updates throughout the park to ensure this park can be fully enjoyed. The Legislature recently approved the appointment of a new Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Commissioner and I have already spoken with the commissioner about various issues in the park. We are working to get these restoration projects in motion so that the community can enjoy a new and improved park.  I look forward to working with the commissioner to restore Como Lake Park to the status our community deserves. 

 

If you drive down Losson Road you’ve probably seen that construction work has finally begun on this long delayed project. As many of you may know, when Losson Road was paved a couple years ago, crews left the stretch between Transit and Borden unpaved due to plans to install a new sewer line. As a result, it was more cost effective to wait to repave the road until after the line is in place. Construction began back in October to install the sewer line, which has resulted in traffic delays along this stretch due to lane restrictions. Crews are continuing to install the new sewer line between Transit and Borden Road as weather allows. In the spring this section of Losson Road will finally be reconstructed.

 

I wish you a very Happy New Year and extend my best to you and your families.  As always, please call me at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov if I can ever be of assistance.