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Legislator Morton begins first term as District 8 representative


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In the wake of ongoing traffic and pedestrian safety issues, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) recently wrote Governor Cuomo and state officials asking for the widening of NYS Route 78 (Transit Road).

As we have just celebrated Labor Day and all our students are now back to school, I wanted to discuss a recent legislative issue that you may have read about in the newspaper.

Legislator Ted Morton recently visited Como Lake Park to observe the rapid deterioration of the lake.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) began his yearly summer listening tour this week that will have him visiting with residents in Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Depew and Alden.

A few weeks ago, the Legislature approved changes to the Erie County Charter that were recommended by an all-volunteer citizens committee. With County Executive approval, the measure would have gone to the ballot for the public to have their say and vote on in November. Unfortunately the County Executive chose to veto the recommended changes. As a result, the Legislature anticipates voting on an amended version later this month, including some changes suggested by the County Executive. While I’m disappointed that the original package was vetoed, I’m optimistic that a revised version will be passed and that the public will have the opportunity to vote on it this November.

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.