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June 2017 Column - ECC Presidential Search


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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.


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.

 

Erie Community College (ECC) will soon be starting a new beginning with longtime President Jack Quinn retiring at the end of the month. Throughout his tenure ECC saw tremendous changes in the constantly evolving educational and economic climate including the construction of a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building on the school’s North Campus. I wish President Quinn a wonderful retirement.

 

For several months ECC has conducted a national search for a new president. The field was whittled down to four finalists, Dr. George Swan III, Dr. Matthew Reed, Dr. Dan Hocoy and Dr. Janine Janosky. Each finalist held a community forum during the past few weeks to address the public and answer questions pertaining to their background and their vision of ECC’s future. Last week ECC’s board of trustees voted to decide who the new president will be although it will remain secret pending a final review and approval by the SUNY Board of Trustees scheduled to take place on June 21st.

 

Whoever ends up being chosen as the 11th President of ECC faces many challenges in the days ahead. With declining enrollment we have seen far too many increases in tuition, an increase that I remain strongly opposed to when so many families are struggling to make ends meet. The county continues to provide funding and support yet tuition continues to increase as ECC’s fund balance decreases. This situation is unacceptable and I hope the new president will work to correct this course. This is not a unique problem. Community colleges across the country are facing these challenges and we must work together to address them. We can’t be afraid to have difficult conversations about the future of ECC. The priority is the education of our students and preparing them for their next steps in life. Whatever it takes to deliver that should be what Legislators, administrators and faculty strive for.

 

I also wanted to provide a bit of news on Ellicott Creek. For far too long there have been many problems associated from flooding along the creek for a variety of reasons. A month ago Lancaster Supervisor Johanna Coleman referred a resident to me who is living on Stony Road and is quite frankly fed up with the situation. After visiting her home and touring the area along Stony Road, she expressed a need for all community stakeholders to meet and hear about the issues to try to find ways to work together to provide long-term relief. A few weeks later I hosted a public meeting at the Bowmansville Fire Department, including representatives from local, state and federal government along with the DEC and Army Corps of Engineers. I’m pleased to report the county start work this year to replace the bridge and culvert on Stony Road, which will include some dredging to help alleviate the problem. In addition, all of our local officials are working together to find out how we can provide long-term relief to this problem.

 

I hope you are all enjoying the start of summer. As always should you have any questions on this or any other issue, please give me a call at 858-8856 or send an email to ted.morton@erie.gov