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Legislature calls on County Executive to widen William Street


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.

Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announced today that a measure supporting the redesign of William Street in Lancaster was passed unanimously by the Erie County Legislature.


“Many residents and community groups I have spoken with express serious safety concerns regarding William Street. The road was originally built when the area was largely agricultural. Today, with the extensive increase in development the accompanying heavy traffic poses a serious safety risk for many pedestrians since there are no sidewalks and the shoulders are narrow. A slight widening of the roadway would help prevent a tragedy from occurring,” said Legislator Morton.


William Street, Transit to Aurora Street, currently is a serious safety risk for the many residents who walk or bike to nearby stores. The Legislature went on record urging the County Executive to ensure that this issue is addressed. Widening the shoulders would provide a safer avenue for pedestrians to travel at minimum cost.


For additional information or questions about a county issue, please contact Legislator Morton at 858-8856 or email