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May 2016 Column - Spring Work Begins


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.


As many of you who have travelled Losson Road the past few years can attest, it has been quite a rough experience as road construction had stalled for quite a while.

After the county repaved Losson from Union to Borden a few years ago, the stretch from Borden to Transit was left untouched due to plans to install new sewer lines stretching across Transit into Lancaster. Due to some unfortunate bid issues, the work lingered and did not start until this past November. After working for as long as possible to finish most of the stretch between Borden and Transit, work had to eventually stop due to winter weather.

Starting last week, crews worked through the night to install the pipe under Transit Road. Over the next few weeks crews will continue the work along William Street to the Flix Movie Theater. Final milling and repaving of the entire stretch will occur in the fall once the ground has had time to settle from the sewer work. Your patience during this has been greatly appreciated and soon enough this traffic woe will finally be resolved.

While some roads are being repaired, others unfortunately are not. I was very disappointed to see that the Department of Public Works does not have plans to address Exchange Street and Crittenden Road in Alden on the list. I’m continuing to work with Alden Mayor Mike Manicki and DPW to see if we can resolve the significant problems on Exchange Street from Broadway to the village line.

Speaking of Alden, after a long title dispute, the county recently took possession of the site of the Erie County Home on Walden Avenue.  Abandoned for a long time now, the county will soon be installing a security fence around the perimeter while a long-term plan to address the site is developed. I’m advocating for a full tear down of the site so it can be returned to the tax rolls. With the largest amount of nontaxable land in the entire county, returning the site to Alden’s tax rolls will help provide relief to the taxpayers.

Later this month I’ll have having my 3rd annual blood drive hosted through Unyts. The Donate Life Express Bus will be parked in front of the Lancaster Public Library at 5466 Broadway, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21st to collect donations. In addition, we’ll be giving away a pair of Buffalo Bisons tickets to the first 10 donors. This is one small way we can do our part to ensure an adequate blood supply for our area providers. To find out more or to sign up please call my office at 858-8856. As always if you have any questions or comments, please call me or email me at ted.morton@erie.gov.