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Legislator Morton secures $25,000 for Plymouth Crossroads


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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.


Erie County Legislator Ted Morton is pleased to announce that the Legislature has supported his request for funding for Plymouth Crossroads, located in Lancaster, in the 2016 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved $25,000 at today’s annual Budget Meeting to support Plymouth Crossroads’ efforts to help at-risk youths succeed by providing a safe place to live.

 

“One of the first groups I met with after being elected to the Legislature two years ago was Plymouth Crossroads and I was incredibly impressed. I have been working with the group ever since and I am pleased that the county is able to provide critical funding to help the staff provide assistance to the young men residing there. This home is a unique organization that is dedicated to helping these teens succeed by offering counseling, job and life skills training, and helping with educational enrollment and job placement. By providing these important tools now, we can help get these young men on the right track,” said Legislator Morton.

 

“The funds provided will be used to support expenses for the youth living at Plymouth Crossroads. These otherwise homeless youth, will be able to reside in a safe home, while ensuring that they have necessities such as food, clothing, medical attention and personal care. Educational, Employment skills training, counseling and life skills are also provided. This gift will cover the costs for several boys to remain in the home while they finish their education, gain employment skills and prepare their own path towards independence,” said Jennifer Thorpe, Program Director.

 

Legislator Morton urges the County Executive to stay his veto power and support this additional funding priority in next year’s budget. It is important to note that the additional funding was added into the 2016 budget without increasing overall spending in the next fiscal year. In fact, the Legislature lowered the property tax rate for the second consecutive year.

 

For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Morton’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov