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Legislator Morton announces local businesses needed for County’s Summer Youth Employment Program


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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.


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton announces that Erie County is seeking local businesses to participate in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), coordinated through the Department of Social Services. Through this partnership, businesses provide work assignments and guidance to youths, who are paid through the agency that runs SYEP.

 

“I often hear from both schools and businesses about the need to provide workforce development training, this program is a great way for businesses to help the youth of our community learn the skills needed to be successful in their professional careers,” stated Legislator Morton. “Local businesses play a vital role in our community ensuring a vibrant local economy, I hope businesses will reach out and get involved in order to help make a difference for the youth in our community.”

 

The SYEP community agency connects the youth with worksite providers. SYEP is a six-to-eight-week program operating in July and August, serving youth between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age. This program is at no cost to businesses, which are only asked to provide supervision and job assignments. Youth may work up to 20 hours per week and are paid the New York State minimum wage ($9.70 per hour).

 

The county is currently seeking local businesses who want to be a SYEP provider. For more information about how to become a SYEP worksite, please call 858-4584, email Donna.Robb@ erie.gov, or visit www.erie.gov/syep. The deadline is Friday, June 2.