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Legislator Morton provides Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce with update on county matters


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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.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) was recently invited to speak at the annual Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, held Feb. 10, where he provided an update on a wide range of issues, including the county’s budget, the county’s relationship with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), the opioid epidemic and education.

 

“I always enjoy this annual event in order to reach out to representatives of the business community to keep in touch with the challenges they face, I appreciate the Chamber hosting this event every year and look forward to next year’s event,” said Legislator Morton.

 

Recognizing the devastation that the opioid/heroin epidemic has had on the community, Legislator Morton continues to promote the services provided through the county and its partner agencies. Anyone interested in learning more should visit the County Health Department’s website, www.erie.gov/health.

 

He also noted that the budget process is a year-round effort and asks businesses and residents to stay involved and engaged as the county continuously has to prioritize funding to best serve residents.

 

Also in attendance at the Legislative Breakfast were New York State Assemblywoman Monica Wallace, Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, and Depew Mayor Jesse Nikonowicz.

 

Legislator Morton encourages anyone with a question or concern to contact him at 858-8856 or ted.morton@erie.gov