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Legislator Morton begins first term as District 8 representative


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

With so much going on throughout our world, we sometimes don’t take note of some of the big changes occurring right outside our door.


The Erie County Legislature has approved Ruthie’s Law to require improved accountability from nursing homes in cases where a resident has been badly injured. The law, named after Ruth Murray, recognizes that nursing homes have a responsibility to notify family members or guardians when a patient has been badly injured as soon as possible.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced the County Legislature has authorized the construction of a new bridge and culvert on Stony Road over Ellicott Creek in Lancaster.


This month I wanted to talk about a new law I sponsored that will offer additional protections to our seniors residing in nursing homes and will improve access to information that is vital to families that are choosing a nursing home. Ruthie’s Law aims to respond to recent incidents of neglect occurring at nursing homes throughout our community by becoming more proactive and providing more transparency regarding incidents and their causes.  


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton reminds residents that the county hosts two Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days every spring.


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.