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Legislator Morton announces funding for Lancaster Rural Cemetery


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 announces that the Lancaster Rural Cemetery will receive funding in the 2016 Erie County budget to support its effort to preserve the town’s history, which is a resting spot for many early settlers. At Legislator Morton’s request, $2,500 was allocated for the Lancaster Rural Cemetery. The Legislature approved the expenditure at today’s annual Budget Meeting.


“I want to thank my colleagues for supporting this funding request which will help the Lancaster Rural Cemetery address long-standing infrastructure issues. This is a unique site in our community and Erie County is proud to offer its support,” said Legislator Morton.


“As one of the oldest community based cemeteries in Western New York, the Lancaster Rural Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the original settlers of the area. Funding from the Erie County Legislature is critical in maintaining our facility which serves as a key historical site in Lancaster. This funding will enable us to continue to serve the residents of Lancaster,” said James Allein, President of the Lancaster Rural Cemetery.


Legislator Morton urges the County Executive to stay his veto power and support this additional funding priority in next year’s budget. It is important to note that the additional funding was added into the 2016 budget without increasing overall spending in the next fiscal year. In fact, the Legislature lowered the property tax rate for the second consecutive year.


For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Morton’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8856 or email