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Legislator Morton calls on Gov. Cuomo to increase infrastructure funding for Transit Road


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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.


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).

 

“With other projects being prioritized in the region, traffic continues to increase dramatically in the NYS Route 78 corridor between Walden and Broadway. With a projected cost of $50 million to widen the railroad infrastructure along with the road, the residents of our community deserve a commitment to prevent serious accidents from occurring,” said Legislator Morton.

 

During the past few years there have been a large number of accidents due to the increased congestion along this corridor. Legislator Morton joins the Village of Depew, Town of Cheektowaga, and Town of Lancaster in calling for this effort to protect pedestrians and ensure safe traffic flow for vehicles and first responders.

 

Legislator Morton encourages residents and businesses to also voice their concerns. Anyone wishing to go on record in support of this project should contact Gov. Cuomo or their state representatives. For additional information, please contact Legislator Morton at 858-8856 or ted.morton@erie.gov.