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Legislator Ted Morton Introduces Made in America Act


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.

At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.

Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.

Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton today introduced the Made in America Act. The proposed law would amend the Erie County Charter to require that all county purchases over $10,000 be manufactured in the United States and all contracts for services over $10,000 are made with entities in the United States.

“This law requires the county purchase goods made right here in America,” stated Legislator Morton. “We have many local companies making high quality products and we have an opportunity to encourage and support their work by making sure that we in the county are doing our part to buy American-made products.”

“The Alden Chamber of Commerce is excited about Legislator Morton’s proposal to amend the Erie County Charter to support American Manufacturing and American Service Companies. It is our belief that purchasing “high quality”, “American Made” products and services not only strengthens our economy but also stimulates job growth and a healthy business community,” said Brooks Bowman, President of the Alden Chamber of Commerce.


"American manufacturing is vitally important to the structure and stability of our economy both locally and nationally.  Manufacturing jobs encompass a broad and diverse range of highly skilled and attractive positions that are different than a usual image of manufacturing.  The stability of our economy rests with the strengths or weaknesses of the American manufacturing sector, and on behalf of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce I commend the Erie County Legislature for pursuing this Made in America mandate,” remarked Kristina Groff, Executive Director of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.


“The manufacturers, who are members of our Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, produce a wide variety of products available for sale locally, across the US and globally. Importantly, they also contribute the private sector leadership our community depends on,” added John Chmarney, President of the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce.

"As we live and work in Erie County, it is nice to support the local businesses.   As taxpayers, it will be nice for local businesses to benefit from purchases made in the county,” stated Terry Galanis, Jr., President and CEO of Sealing Devices.

The Made in America Act would enable Erie County to support American manufacturers and encourage domestic economic growth. If approved by the Erie County Legislature and signed by the County Executive, the law could be a ballot referendum this November for voters to ultimately decide.

In special circumstances, the law provides, upon written request of the County Executive, an opportunity for the Legislature to waive the buy American provision by a two-thirds vote.

New York State recently adopted a “Buy American” law that will require American made iron and steel for transportation projects. A working group will be established to determine whether to expand the law to cover concrete and aluminum as well.

For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Morton’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8856 or email