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March 2016 Column - Helping All in Need


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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.


Last month I wrote to you regarding the ongoing opioid epidemic and plans to start a community collaboration on the issue. I recently held a roundtable discussion to discuss the opioid crisis and begin to develop plans to combat it.

We had a variety of community leaders including Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein, representatives from Congressman Chris Collins’ office, the District Attorney’s Office, Lancaster Police, Depew Police, Kids Escaping Drugs, Lancaster Youth Bureau members, school officials and many others. This meeting served as an opportunity for community leaders to collaborate and come up with a plan to move us forward.

It became apparent that there is a need for early prevention through education, as early as possible in our schools. Parents of victims discussed the urgent need to provide crucial intervention programs to help saves lives. This is just the start of the conversation and we intend to have future meetings to continue to develop an action plan to help save lives. Victims need to know that we care and there are ways to get help, we are all here to help our neighbors, our friends, and our family. If you or someone you know may be interested in getting involved, please contact me at 858-8856. If we save even one life, it will all be worth it.

On a lighter note, I’d like to talk about one of the great charities in our community that helps all of our furry friends in the world. The SPCA serving Erie County is the second oldest humane society in the United States, serving our community since 1867. Working to create a kind and caring community to encourage the fair and humane treatment of animals, the SPCA is often in dire need of crucial supplies.

From March 14th-April 4th, I’ll be hosting a pet supply drive to benefit the SPCA. Several locations throughout our community will be hosting collection boxes where you can drop donations. The locations are: Golden Tails, 6511 Transit Road; Today’s Dog, 34 Central Ave.; Jolly Roger’s Pet Supply, 11120 Broadway; and Alden Chamber of Commerce, 13500 Broadway; and All Gussied Up Grooming, 787 Borden Road. Everything from food to litter, to dog beds, to animal toys will be collected. Take a look at the SPCA’s wish list at www.yourspca.org/wishlist to see a detailed list of exactly what they need. Donating to the SPCA is a great way to help animals in need. Some dogs, cats, and other animals’ stay in the shelter is longer than others and these items are always needed. While not everyone can adopt animal, we can all have an impact to help improve their stay until they are able to find a permanent home.

I hope you will all join me in working to help a great a cause in our community. As always, if I can ever be of assistance, please call me at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov.