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


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I wanted to report this month regarding the ongoing contract dispute between the County and AFSCME Local 1095, which represents many of the blue collar workers throughout our county. These workers often work pay check to pay check and in some cases hold second jobs to make ends meet.


We’ve all experienced it. Driving down Transit Road in the heart of our community when all of a sudden the road tightens and your regular commute turns into a roller coaster as you head down and underneath the main railroad lines before climbing back out. Meanwhile, you’re hoping not to get sideswiped by a larger vehicle navigating the narrow stretch between French Road and Gould Avenue. Maybe you’ve seen one of our first responders racing to get to a call and due to the challenges of this stretch they accidently lose a side mirror on one of the bridges, an accident which has occurred all too often.


With the New York State SAFE Act punishing legal gun owners through burdensome regulations, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) today voted in favor of a measure to support New York State Senator Rob Ortt’s (R-North Tonawanda) legislation to repeal the SAFE Act in areas outside of New York City.


Members of the Erie County Legislature have requested that the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (ECFSA) Board appear at the next Finance and Management Committee meeting to discuss the new plan that would allow the ECFSA to borrow on behalf of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) new emergency room. To account for the borrowing the County Executive has submitted a Declaration of Need, which requires Legislative approval.


In the wake of ongoing traffic and pedestrian safety issues, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced the passage of a resolution calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to increase funding to widen Transit Road between French and Gould. The Erie County Legislature approved Legislator Morton’s resolution unanimously at the March 9, 2017 session.


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.