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Legislator Morton’s Valentines for Veterans program brings students and soldiers together


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 Legislator Ted Morton partnered with local schools to create handmade cards for veterans through the Legislator’s Valentines for Veterans program. Thanks to the hard work of the students and staff at Depew Central School District’s Cayuga Heights Elementary School; Lancaster Central School District’s John Sciole Elementary School; Our Lady of Pompeii in Depew; and John the Baptist in Alden, hundreds of cards were delivered to the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York on Feb. 13 to thank our veterans and remind them they are remembered and honored this holiday.


“This is a great, simple program that brings our young people and veterans together. The students impressed me greatly with their heartfelt messages for our military members. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting with students at Cayuga Heights Elementary while they were making cards and we were amazed by the students’ passion for this project and their appreciation for our veterans,” said Legislator Morton. “I am looking forward to personally delivering these cards and thank our servicemen and women for their years of dedicated service, which I am sure included missing many Valentine’s Day with their families. Their sacrifice is not forgotten.”


For additional information or to speak with Legislator Morton, please contact his Legislative Office at 858-8856 or email