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Many thanks to voters for support, budget process underway


OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

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.


I want to start this month’s column by thanking the residents of the 8th District – eastern Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Depew and Alden for trusting me with their vote and electing me to another term in the Erie County Legislature. I am proud of the work my colleagues and I accomplished in my first term, most notably creating the first tax decrease in a decade. I am honored to have earned another term to continue to make Erie County great.

 

I am humbled by the support I received leading up to Election Day and especially at the polls, and I promise to work hard on your behalf to control spending, deliver quality services and continue to improve efficiency throughout Erie County.

 

As I close out my first term, the Legislature is working to finalize the proposed 2016 budget. These next few weeks truly are the most critical of the entire year as adopting a strong budget is the key to an effective government. I have some concerns with the County Executive’s proposed budget and I will be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to ensure we are mindful of taxpayers while funding critical services.

 

This week the Legislature met with each department to discuss its budget. Throughout the process the hope is to highlight areas where we can reduce spending and improve efficiency. Not only is it important that the Legislature meet with departments, but you, the taxpayers, are a vital part of this process. I invite you to review the proposed 2016 budget and weigh in. You can find links to the budget here:

Erie County 2016 Budget: Message and Summary

Erie County 2016 Budget: PROPOSED, Book A - Operating Funds

Erie County 2016 Budget: PROPOSED, Book B - Special Funds 

The public hearing on the budget will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 at the Legislature, 92 Franklin St., Fourth Floor, Buffalo. All are welcome to speak on the budget at the hearing. You can also send written comment to the Clerk of the Legislature at karen.mccarthy@erie.gov or mail to the Clerk of the Legislature, 92 Franklin St., Fourth Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.

 

When this process is over I expect the Legislature will adopt a budget that allows Erie County to serve and protect residents, without asking taxpayers to pay more for quality services they deserve.

 

Also, in recognition of the Veterans Day holiday, I wanted to announce that Erie County was recently named a Purple Heart County and I am proud that my district will be hosting one of the six Purple Heart signs being placed throughout the county. The sign will be placed on Broadway in Alden where Erie and Genesee Counties meet to honor all who were awarded this distinguished award in recognition of their service and sacrifice to our country.

 

If you have any questions about the budget or another county matters, please contact me at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov