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Legislator Ted Morton Introduces Made in America Act


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For far too long we’ve seen foreign manufacturers take advantage of cheap labor and watched them make inferior products.   This has led to decades of loss to local manufacturing jobs, an economic blow still felt today. To help fight this, recently we saw New York State approve a new provision to require American made steel and resources for transportation projects. This inspired me to introduce the “Made in America Act” in Erie County.


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.


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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 ted.morton@erie.gov