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


In the wake of ongoing traffic and pedestrian safety issues, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) recently wrote Governor Cuomo and state officials asking for the widening of NYS Route 78 (Transit Road).

As we have just celebrated Labor Day and all our students are now back to school, I wanted to discuss a recent legislative issue that you may have read about in the newspaper.

Legislator Ted Morton recently visited Como Lake Park to observe the rapid deterioration of the lake.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) began his yearly summer listening tour this week that will have him visiting with residents in Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Depew and Alden.

A few weeks ago, the Legislature approved changes to the Erie County Charter that were recommended by an all-volunteer citizens committee. With County Executive approval, the measure would have gone to the ballot for the public to have their say and vote on in November. Unfortunately the County Executive chose to veto the recommended changes. As a result, the Legislature anticipates voting on an amended version later this month, including some changes suggested by the County Executive. While I’m disappointed that the original package was vetoed, I’m optimistic that a revised version will be passed and that the public will have the opportunity to vote on it this November.

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)