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Legislator Morton outraged by lack of support for additional road work


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Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced his strong opposition to the NFTA’s imposition of a $3.50 fee on ridesharing trips to and from the airport.


With so much going on throughout our world, we sometimes don’t take note of some of the big changes occurring right outside our door.


The Erie County Legislature has approved Ruthie’s Law to require improved accountability from nursing homes in cases where a resident has been badly injured. The law, named after Ruth Murray, recognizes that nursing homes have a responsibility to notify family members or guardians when a patient has been badly injured as soon as possible.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced the County Legislature has authorized the construction of a new bridge and culvert on Stony Road over Ellicott Creek in Lancaster.


This month I wanted to talk about a new law I sponsored that will offer additional protections to our seniors residing in nursing homes and will improve access to information that is vital to families that are choosing a nursing home. Ruthie’s Law aims to respond to recent incidents of neglect occurring at nursing homes throughout our community by becoming more proactive and providing more transparency regarding incidents and their causes.  


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton cosponsored a resolution at the May 8, 2014 session to transfer $5 million from the undesignated fund balance, which is currently at $89 million, to allow for additional road projects this year. With the extremely poor condition of roadways throughout Erie County, Legislator Morton and his colleagues in the Majority Caucus believe allocating the $5 million for necessary road repair is an appropriate expenditure.

 

“I am extremely disappointed by my Democratic colleagues and the County Executive who have refused to allocate additional funds for road work this year. The Department of Public Works has acknowledged it has identified additional projects, beyond the approved 2014 Road Project List. The Majority Caucus has located a funding source and the road projects have been identified, so I don’t understand the delay. To hear the County Executive’s Office say there isn’t a road repair plan for an additional $5 million is irresponsible. I simply can’t believe the County Executive’s Office doesn’t know where it should invest these funds into our crumbling infrastructure. The fact is, we know there is much work to do be done and we have the funds available to take care of these serious issues. I am discouraged with the delay and believe the residents are going to suffer because of it,” said Legislator Morton.

 

The resolution, which required eight (8) votes for approval, received the support of only seven members during session. By Charter, fund balance transfers required two-thirds vote. The item will be sent to committee and considered at the May 22 session.