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Legislator Morton demands answers on New Stadium Working Group


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 (R-Cheektowaga) has called on Executive Mark Poloncarz to provide answers on the status of the New Stadium Working Group. In a letter (click here) dated March 24, 2016, Legislator Morton raises questions after the announcement that the Group has been suspended.


“It was news to me, and I’m sure to many residents, when Team President Russ Brandon announced to the media that the New Stadium Working Group has suspended its activities, leaving many questions as to why and what the status is of the Working Group. The public deserves answers as to where the conversation is headed in terms of a new stadium or future renovations of Ralph Wilson Stadium, which has had substantial taxpayer resources poured into it in recent years,” said Legislator Morton.


In May 2014, Legislator Morton wrote to the County Executive (attached) about the group failing to comply with Open Meetings Law. In light of recent news that the NFL is calling for a new Buffalo Bills stadium, it was revealed that the working group is no longer meeting, creating many concerns.


“The County Executive touted the fact that the recent Bills lease included a provision to establish the New Stadium Working Group, but the fact that the Group was suspended without any explanation or final report, leaves a lot of unanswered questions,” Legislator Morton concluded.