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Legislator Morton calls on Gov. Cuomo to increase infrastructure funding


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.

In the wake of the recent $8.3 billion bailout from New York State to the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling on him to increase infrastructure funding for Western New York.


“With the billions of dollars diverted away from Western New York for the MTA, added onto the billions of dollars diverted from Western New York for the Tappan Zee Bridge, the citizens of Erie County deserve their fair share of infrastructure funds. With the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge both serving as vital links to Canada, and thousands of miles of state roads, we should be a top priority for infrastructure funds,” said Legislator Morton.


In addition to the many crumbling state roads, the Peace Bridge is nearly 88 years old and serves as one of the busiest border crossings in the nation.


“With continuing pressure placed upon local governments by all of the unfunded mandates from the state, our region deserves its fair share for infrastructure or, at the bare minimum, relief from the unfunded mandates forced upon residents,” Legislator Morton concluded.