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Legislator Morton secures additional funding for Hull House


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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 announces that the Hull Family Home and Farmstead located in Lancaster will receive funding in the 2016 Erie County budget to support its mission of preserving this important piece of local history. At Legislator Morton’s request an additional $2,500 will be given to the Hull House, which is located at the intersection of Genesee Street and Pavement Road in Lancaster. The Legislature approved the expenditure at today’s annual Budget Meeting, bringing the county’s total investment to $5,063 for next year.

 

“In recent years there has been a push to rehabilitate the Hull House and this funding will help that effort. It is great to see the work that is being done and I am pleased my colleagues have recognized the value in supporting this important historic structure,” said Legislator Morton.

 

“It is very encouraging to know that Erie County recognizes the importance of our many cultural assets and is willing to support them by providing a level of funding each year. These funds help the Hull Family Home & Farmstead continue to offer the public a glimpse into Erie County's earliest history,” said Gary Costello, President of Hull Family Home & Farmstead.

 

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