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Legislator Morton calls on Poloncarz to abide by open meetings law regarding stadium working group


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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 sent a letter on Monday, May 19, 2014 to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz requesting that the New Stadium Working Group and the Erie County Stadium Corp. operate as transparently as possible and fully comply with the Open Meetings Law. 

 

“The taxpayers of Erie County have a vested interest in the future of the Buffalo Bills team and the stadium. I strongly urge the County Executive to require all meetings of the New Stadium Working Group and the Erie County Stadium Corp.  be properly posted and open to the public in compliance with New York State Open Meetings Law. The taxpayers of Erie County invest a large amount of money into this team and they deserve to have a seat at the table. These meetings should not be held in private, but instead taxpayers should be encouraged to attend and involved in the process. The taxpayers and fans are a major reason why we have this team and they should not be shut out from these critical discussions,” said Legislator Morton.

 

Recently, Assemblyman Michael Kearns and Senator Patrick Gallivan have called for the New Stadium Working Group and the Erie County Stadium Corp. to fully comply with the Open Meetings Law. Legislator Morton joins this effort and calls on the County Executive to immediately rectify this misstep.