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Legislator Morton stresses importance of repairing Zurbrick Road, calls on County Executive to fulfill campaign promise


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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 is calling on the County Executive to invest critical funds into Zurbrick Road, which traverses the Town of Cheektowaga and Village of Depew, and has been in disrepair for approximately 10 years. In a letter hand delivered to the County Executive on Tuesday, August 05, 2014, Legislator Morton officially requests that funding for repairs be designated.

“Mark Poloncarz highlighted the issues on Zurbrick Road during his 2011 campaign for county executive, criticizing his predecessor for failing to acknowledge the county’s role in repairing the roadway. Now, here we are years later and nothing has changed. I am requesting that the county executive include funds for these critical repairs in the 2015 capital budget and to ensure that Erie County does not continue to ignore its responsibility to the residents of Zurbrick Road,” said Legislator Morton.

A first-year Legislator, Morton was disappointed to learn of the years of issues surrounding Zurbrick Road from local officials. In response, he is requesting that the necessary funds be allocated for this specific project to properly repair the structural failures and allow the roadway to be reopened fully.

“Residents living on Zurbrick and motorists who need to travel the roadway have been inconvenienced and put at risk for too long. I was extremely disappointed to learn of the county executive’s campaign promise, seeing that he hasn’t made any progress since being in office,” said Legislator Morton. “This is a very serious matter and I will continue to advocate for appropriate funding until the issue is resolved.”

(This issue was covered in May 2011 by the Lancaster Bee, please CLICK HERE to read the article)