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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) 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.

Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that a measure has been passed unanimously by the County Legislature urging New York State to enact new policies to encourage living organ donation. With the rates of living donors dropping, several policies including donor reimbursement, tax deductions for lost wages, and long term follow up medical care for donors has been recommended to help rebuild the donor base in New York State.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga), with the support of community partners, announces his 3rd  annual Food Drive to benefit the Alden-Marilla Community Food Pantry and Tri-Community Food Pantry. Non-perishable goods will be collected from Monday, Nov. 21 through Monday, Dec. 12.

It’s that time of the year again when the Legislature reviews the County Executive’s budget proposal. The Legislature recently concluded its budget hearings with every county department and elected office where we reviewed spending requests.

At the Erie County Legislature’s annual budget hearings, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) called on the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to submit a budget request to fund dredging of Como Lake as part of next year’s Capital Projects Budget.

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)