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Ted Morton
District 8

District Office:
Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street
Fourth Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
Phone: 858-8856
Fax: 858-8895
Email: ted.morton@erie.gov

 

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February 2017 Column - WNY counties unite against Governor’s misdirection on reason for high NYS taxes

Seven counties that help make up Western New York came together to send a letter and very clear message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: we need unfunded mandate reform. A total of 90 legislators from Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Niagara counties signed on to ask the Governor to work to provide relief for counties through meaningful reform. 


January 2017 Column - New Year, New Challenges

As we start 2017 I wanted to talk about some of my priorities and the challenges we will face in Erie County.

December 2016 Column - Legislature presents third consecutive tax rate cut

Just last week the Legislature approved the 2017 Erie County budget and I’m pleased to report that we were able to fund our key initiatives residents expect and deserve while delivering a small tax rate cut. Since taking office I’ve pledged to fight for a tax cut every year that I’m in office and I’m proud to report that this will be the third year in a row that we’ve been successful in that effort.


County to hold public hearing on future of Como Lake Park

Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will hold two focus group sessions to gather public opinion on Como Lake Park as the department works to update the Parks Master Plan.

Legislature requests State action on living organ donations

Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that a measure has been passed unanimously by the County Legislature urging New York State to enact new policies to encourage living organ donation. With the rates of living donors dropping, several policies including donor reimbursement, tax deductions for lost wages, and long term follow up medical care for donors has been recommended to help rebuild the donor base in New York State.

Legislator Morton Hosts 3rd Annual Food Drive

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga), with the support of community partners, announces his 3rd  annual Food Drive to benefit the Alden-Marilla Community Food Pantry and Tri-Community Food Pantry. Non-perishable goods will be collected from Monday, Nov. 21 through Monday, Dec. 12.

November 2016 Column - Ensuring a Responsible Budget

It’s that time of the year again when the Legislature reviews the County Executive’s budget proposal. The Legislature recently concluded its budget hearings with every county department and elected office where we reviewed spending requests.

Legislator Morton calls on County to dredge Como Lake

At the Erie County Legislature’s annual budget hearings, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) called on the Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to submit a budget request to fund dredging of Como Lake as part of next year’s Capital Projects Budget.

Legislators make friendly wager over Section VI AA football championship

To celebrate the upcoming Section VI AA championship football game at New Era Field between the undefeated Lancaster Legends and the Orchard Park Quakers, Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) challenged Legislator John Mills (R-Orchard Park) to a friendly wager.


October 2016 Column - Improving Transit Road

Many who travel the Transit Road corridor between Walden and Broadway or read my monthly columns are well aware of the issues causing major traffic problems. With a narrow roadway due to the existing railroad bridges, accidents and other problems are far too common. Several community stakeholders including myself, the Village of Depew, State Senator Patrick Gallivan, State Senator Tim Kennedy, and both the towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster, have begun working together, along with the New York State Department of Transportation, to advocate for the funds to widen the road.