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Legislator Morton’s petition urging Poloncarz to widen William Street gaining support


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.


Legislator Ted Morton, residents, motorists and business owners have voiced their concern about how narrow William Street is, saying that the road can’t safely handle the current volume of traffic. After repeated attempts urging the County Executive to move forward a plan to widen William Street and make it safer, Legislator Morton launched an online petition to demonstrate the strong public support for this project. Please CLICK HERE to sign the petition. 


“William Street in Lancaster has gone from a rural country road to a major road connecting many new subdivisions, schools, fire departments, and a county park to the community. This two lane road can no longer handle the traffic load that currently exists and with narrow shoulders and no sidewalks. It presents a safety hazard to pedestrians and drivers alike. I sent a letter to County Executive Mark Poloncarz asking him to work with the Legislature to widen the road but unfortunately I did not receive an acceptable response that takes into account any major safety concerns. I'm asking residents to sign this petition calling on the County Executive to work with us to fix this issue before tragedy occurs,” Legislator Morton stated on his petition.