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


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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.


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.