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Legislator Morton begins first term as District 8 representative


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) was recently invited to speak at the annual Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, held Feb. 10, where he provided an update on a wide range of issues, including the county’s budget, the county’s relationship with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), the opioid epidemic and education.


Seven counties that help make up Western New York came together to send a letter and very clear message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: we need unfunded mandate reform. A total of 90 legislators from Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties signed on to ask the Governor to work to provide relief for counties through meaningful reform. 


As we start 2017 I wanted to talk about some of my priorities and the challenges we will face in Erie County.

Just last week the Legislature approved the 2017 Erie County budget and I’m pleased to report that we were able to fund our key initiatives residents expect and deserve while delivering a small tax rate cut. Since taking office I’ve pledged to fight for a tax cut every year that I’m in office and I’m proud to report that this will be the third year in a row that we’ve been successful in that effort.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will hold two focus group sessions to gather public opinion on Como Lake Park as the department works to update the Parks Master Plan.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton was officially sworn in as the next representative for District 8 – Alden, Cheektowaga & Lancaster during the annual reorganizational meeting of the Legislature, held Jan, 2 in Old County Hall. A resident of Cheektowaga, Legislator Morton was elected in November to his first term.

 

“I am honored to serve in the Erie County Legislature representing Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden and have committed my focus to cost savings, which will in turn benefit the taxpayers. Erie County is one of the highest taxes counties in the country and as Legislators we must do everything we can to minimize the burden. As a long-time member of many taxpayer and community organizations, I know the struggles that families are dealing with and I bring that knowledge with me to the Legislature,” said Legislator Morton.   

 

Legislator Morton, a registered Republican, joins the Majority Caucus, the first Republican-led Majority in 36 years. He has been named Chairman of the Energy & Environment Committee, and will serve as vice chair of the Health, Human Services Committee.

 

Upon taking office, Legislator Morton closed the district office, saving taxpayer money. He believes that he and his staff can better serve residents by hosting District Outreaches and meeting directly with residents at a time and place that is convenient for them.

 

Legislator Morton can be reached at 858-8856 or by emailing ted.morton@erie.gov.