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Legislator Morton begins first term as District 8 representative


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We’ve all experienced it. Driving down Transit Road in the heart of our community when all of a sudden the road tightens and your regular commute turns into a roller coaster as you head down and underneath the main railroad lines before climbing back out. Meanwhile, you’re hoping not to get sideswiped by a larger vehicle navigating the narrow stretch between French Road and Gould Avenue. Maybe you’ve seen one of our first responders racing to get to a call and due to the challenges of this stretch they accidently lose a side mirror on one of the bridges, an accident which has occurred all too often.


With the New York State SAFE Act punishing legal gun owners through burdensome regulations, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) today voted in favor of a measure to support New York State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R-North Tonawanda) legislation to repeal the SAFE Act in areas outside of New York City.


Members of the Erie County Legislature have requested that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) Board appear at the next Finance and Management Committee meeting to discuss the new plan that would allow the ECFSA to borrow on behalf of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) new emergency room. To account for the borrowing the County Executive has submitted a Declaration of Need, which requires Legislative approval.


In the wake of ongoing traffic and pedestrian safety issues, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced the passage of a resolution calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to increase funding to widen Transit Road between French and Gould. The Erie County Legislature approved Legislator Morton’s resolution unanimously at the March 9, 2017 session.


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.


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.