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


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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.


As many regular readers of my monthly column are probably aware, for the past three years I have been a major advocate of dredging Como Lake. Many residents recall years ago ice skating or boating on the lake, some even remember swimming in the lake, if you can believe that.


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton today urged Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to sign the Made in America Act into law following the County Executive’s public hearing on the matter, which was held on September 7th.


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton commended County Executive Mark Poloncarz and members of the Shared Services Panel for including his recommendation to dredge Como Lake in the County’s Finalized Shared Services Plan that will be submitted to the State of New York.


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.