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Legislator Morton calls on County to dredge Como Lake


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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.


At the Erie County Legislature’s annual budget hearings, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) called on the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to submit a budget request to fund dredging of Como Lake as part of next year’s Capital Projects Budget.

 

“The previous request failed because it was packaged in with another dredging project and a long-term $4.2 million project that made it unaffordable for almost any county budget, I’m calling for the Parks Department to separate the requests and submit a project just for Como Lake, which would be much more affordable,” stated Legislator Morton.

 

Legislator Morton has been fighting along with residents and local officials to get the lake dredged, which was last dredged in 2002 at a cost of $240,000. The Parks Department previously submitted a request to dredge Como Lake and Akron Falls, with both projects combined the Capital Projects Committee deemed the project to expensive.

 

“Continuing to combine both projects into one  will continue to cause it to be a poison pill, the Parks Department needs to submit a clean proposal to dredge just Como Lake as part of next year’s Capital Projects budget so we can finally restore Como Lake to its former glory,” concluded Legislator Morton.