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Legislator Morton joins UFC in support of legalizing MMA in NYS


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 joined representatives from UFC at a press conference today at Pursue Martial Arts in Clarence to support efforts to legalize Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in New York State, which is the only state where the sport is illegal at the professional level. The press conference was part of a four-city tour in support of legislation currently before the NYS Assembly and Senate.  

“New York State will benefit significantly from the legalization of MMA. Estimates predict that $135 million in economic activity could be created across New York State annually,” said Legislator Morton. “As the only state to still ban MMA, we are clearly are missing out on a great opportunity to embrace one of today’s most popular sports.”

In April 2015, the County Legislature approved a resolution in support of legalizing MMA, going on record calling for change.  

MMA representatives have appealed to state lawmakers for at least six years to lift the ban, however despite repeated passage in the Senate, the Assembly has not passed a bill legalizing MMA in NYS. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated he would support lifting the ban. Today, members of the Erie County Legislature demonstrated their support for NYS leaders to finally legalize MMA.