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Erie County Legislator Erie CountyLegislative District 8

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    John Bruso (DEM, WF, GRN, WEP) Retired from UPS

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    Ted B. Morton (REP, CON, IND, RFM) Financial Planner

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How can we deal most effectively with the opioid problem and the need for additional funding to do so?

Infrastructure needs. All legislators complain about needed road repairs, improvements. What are your priorities related to infrastructure needs and why did you select these priorities?

What measures do you support to ensure that our water supply is safe and reliable?

What is the most important issue facing Erie County in the next two years and why is it the most important issue?

How can Erie County better address state-mandated Medicaid payments to lessen the burden on county taxpayers?

Education Graduate St Mary's Highschool Lancaster, Class of 1977
Experience and Qualifications Past President and current board member of Kids Escaping Drugs; Executive Director of Families Touched by MS; Retired from UPS as a Supervisor of Employee Relations and Human Resources
Key Endorsements Democratic Party; Working Families Party; CSEA; UAW; CSEA; CWA; WNY AFL-CIO; Buffalo Building Trades
The opioid epidemic face Erie County is one that is best battled through public education and communication. I have been involved with Kids Escaping Drugs and Renaissance House for over ten years now, I am very familiar with the resources the County offers but I also believe the hotline and its services need to be better publicized. I also think we need to come up with a better way of assisting recovering addicts once they are out of rehabilitation facilities.
In terms of road repair I would focus on repairs to roads that need major reapairs, like William Street and Pleasantview for example, along with any other roads that need any smaller patching or milling repairs. I think improving our roads that are in the worst condition and are the most heavily traveled as well as maintaining others so that our residents can use them safely is an important service that our County government provides.
I am encouraged by the work Erie County has done so far in relation to protecting and improving our water quality. We want to prevent pharmaceuticals and sewage overflow from coming into our water source. I support a local law that was introduced in January and prevents the disposal of pharmaceutical into our waterways. This proposed local law has been on the table without a public hearing or discussion so I would work to enact this and other future pieces of legislation protecting our water.
I would currently have to say that job creation is the most important issue facing Erie County. Creating jobs for our residents to keep people in the area helps all parts of our economy and in turn all of our residents. I am heartened by the companies that have chosen to come to WNY and I would like to continue this effort. I would also like to work with ECC to ensure that they are offering programming so that our youth are properly prepared for the technology centered careers coming to the area
Our local County officials should be working closely with our WNY delegation to make our concerns known regarding these state-mandated Medicaid payments and the burden it places on our taxpayers. Until a change is made in Albany, we here in the County unfortunately have little control over what the State mandates from us.
Education Degree in Finance from the University at Buffalo
Experience and Qualifications life long, self employed financial planner, I serve on the Board of Directors for the WNY Kidney Connection and Buffalo Blue and Gold Charities, I'm a 20 year member of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Dick Urban Community Association and Depew Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association
Key Endorsements Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform parties.
Campaign Web Site http://www.tedmorton.us
Having lost my brother at a young age due to an overdose, this issue is very close to my heart. During my time as Legislator I’ve supported millions of dollars in necessary funding. This included an innovative grant program that partners county government and private organizations to provide new programs and support the new opioid abuse hotline. I believe education and more funding for inpatient treatment is key moving forward.
I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to provide increased funding for infrastructure projects in Erie County, which has resulted in several major projects being completed in my district. Moving forward, I will continue to advocate for vital road improvements in some of the rapidly growing parts of my district like efforts to widen William Street in Lancaster and improve Pleasant View Drive.
I’ve been a firm advocate for improving and protecting our water supply, having voted in favor of the microbead ban in Erie County. I continue to fight to improve waterways throughout our county including efforts to dredge Como Lake in Lancaster.
The economic environment will continue to be a major challenge for our county. While pension costs are expected to decrease due to the implementation of tier six in the retirement system, we continue to face large State and Federal unfunded mandates that continue to grow.
Unfunded mandates will continue to burden counties and taxpayers across the state until we get Albany to wake up and realize the financial burden of these programs to localities.

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