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


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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.


Seven counties that help make up Western New York came together to send a letter and very clear message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: we need unfunded mandate reform. A total of 90 legislators from Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties signed on to ask the Governor to work to provide relief for counties through meaningful reform. 


As we start 2017 I wanted to talk about some of my priorities and the challenges we will face in Erie County.

Just last week the Legislature approved the 2017 Erie County budget and I’m pleased to report that we were able to fund our key initiatives residents expect and deserve while delivering a small tax rate cut. Since taking office I’ve pledged to fight for a tax cut every year that I’m in office and I’m proud to report that this will be the third year in a row that we’ve been successful in that effort.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will hold two focus group sessions to gather public opinion on Como Lake Park as the department works to update the Parks Master Plan.

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)