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Ted Morton
District 8

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Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street
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Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
Phone: 858-8856
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Erie County, largest Upstate County in New York, opposes Minimum Wage Board’s Recommendation of $15 for fast food workers

Today, the Erie County Legislature opposed the recent recommendation of a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers in New York State by the New York Minimum Wage Board. Per the recommendation, rates would be raised incrementally in New York City, reaching $15 by 2018. Statewide, chains with at least 30 locations would be forced to pay employees a wage of $15 an hour by July 2021. The county resolution was approved 6-5.

Legislator Morton invites County Executive to have open discussion on current status of CPS

After several attempts to make improvements at Erie County’s Child Protective Services Department and still hearing that the same issues remain, Erie County Legislator Ted Morton has invited County Executive Mark Poloncarz to attend a discussion with the Legislature to address the problems.

July 2015 Column - ECC’s tuition increase not a minor issue for many students

Erie Community College students are once again being strapped with a tuition increase. Tuition already went up $300 for full-time students this year and will rise again next year another $300. I join many in the concern that ECC is pricing itself out of business at this rate. I did not support ECC’s 2015-16 budget at the June 25 legislative session.

Legislator Morton responds to County Executive's Letter to the Editor

Legislator Morton's responds to County Executive's letter to the editor, correcting misrepresented facts. 

Legislators Lorigo, Morton look into leasing option to save on county’s vehicle expenses

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo and Legislator Ted Morton have requested that the county thoroughly examine a leasing option for county vehicles to determine if tax dollars could be saved. Recently, Cattaraugus County partnered with a national car rental company to save $700,000 by leasing 70 vehicles through the company. The Legislators are requesting the county look into this option as it determines how to best maintain its large fleet of vehicles.

Legislators disappointed that ECC budget includes tuition hike

Members of the Erie County Legislature are extremely disappointed that the 2015-2016 Erie Community College budget was approved with a $300 tuition hike. Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Legislator Ted Morton and Legislator Edward Rath attempted to amend the proposed budget to remove the second consecutive tuition hike. The budget was approved as proposed by a vote of 8-3 with Legislators Lorigo, Morton and Rath voting against.

June 2015 Column - County must reign in spending

We didn’t become one of the highest taxed counties in the country overnight. It happened over time. Unfortunately, now that we top the list, we have to recognize that lowering taxes will also take time but we have to start to reduce spending. Every opportunity for savings has to be considered, even small amounts will add up over time.

Erie County calls on State to stop sale of residents’ personal information

The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a resolution that calls on New York State to take action that would prevent the sale of private Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) information. In its resolution the Caucus supports new state law that would prevent unsolicited sharing of personal information.

Legislator Morton votes against omnibus spending package

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton (R-Lancaster) today released the following statement after voting against an additional $13 million dollar omnibus spending package proposed by County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Legislator Morton announces free, guided walk at Como Lake Park

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton announces that a free guided walk will be held on Saturday, June 13 at Como Lake Park. The walk is part of the county’s “A Walk in the Park” series, sponsored by Erie County’s Parks and Health Departments, as well as the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.