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Kidney Disease Awareness Month declared in Erie County


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.

Erie County marked Kidney Disease Awareness Month for the first time this past month. Through a resolution sponsored by Legislator Edward Rath and Legislator Ted Morton, March was proclaimed Kidney Disease Awareness Month in perpetuity.


A kidney donor, Legislator Morton has been an advocate for the Kidney Connection, which connects live donors with patients in need. He now is encouraging all residents to be vigil when it comes to the health of their kidneys.


“Through Kidney Disease Awareness Month, Erie County is bringing to light an issue that affects one in every 10 adults in this country. Today, kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants. I was blessed to be able to be a donor, and the man I donated to lived for many years after, being able to enjoy his family,” said Legislator Morton. “Please, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of chronic kidney disease and help spread awareness about this life-threatening disease.”


The resolution, which was approved at the March 17 session, designates March as Kidney Disease Awareness Month in Erie County and will be recognized annually.


“Anything we can do to raise awareness about the issues impacting our residents is critical. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors battle chronic kidney disease and our hope is to educate residents about the warning signs and risk factors, and encourage early screening, especially for those at greater risk,” said Legislator Rath.


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The Legislators also remind residents that April is National Donate Life Month and encourage those who are able to consider registering as an organ donor. More information is available at or at Those who are interested in learning more about live kidney donation, especially through a local organization, should visit