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Legislator Morton Thanks Shared Services Panel for Including Como Lake Dredging in Final Plan


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.

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Erie County Legislator Ted Morton commended County Executive Mark Poloncarz and members of the Shared Services Panel for including his recommendation to dredge Como Lake in the County’s Finalized Shared Services Plan that will be submitted to the State of New York.


“I want to thank the County Executive and the members of the Erie County Shared Services Panel for including my recommendation to dredge Como Lake in the Shared Services Plan. I’d also like to thank officials in the Town and Village of Lancaster and Village of Depew for their willingness to participate and work together to finally accomplish this much-needed project. Work is expected to begin sometime in 2018 after the soil sediment has been tested and the necessary permits issued,” said Legislator Morton.


The Erie County Shared Services Panel was formed in response to New York State’s push for increased intergovernmental cooperation. Comprised of mayors and supervisors in Erie County, the Panel approved a list of proposed projects, which can be viewed here. The Como Lake proposal was added at the recommendation of the Erie County Legislature. Once sediment testing of the lake is complete, a plan will be developed between Erie County, the Town of Lancaster, and the Villages of Depew and Lancaster to dredge the lake, which is expected to occur sometime in 2018.


Legislator Morton has been advocating for dredging Como Lake for three years. With a recent push by New York State to increased shared services, Legislator Morton found this the perfect opportunity to work together and finally make this a reality.