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2016-08-11 / Editorial

County again looking at citizens committee recommendations

TED B. MORTON
Erie County New York State Senator Legislator

A few weeks ago, the legislature approved changes to the Erie County Charter that were recommended by an all-volunteer citizens committee. With county executive approval, the measure would have gone to the ballot for members of the public to have their say and vote on in November.

Unfortunately, the county executive chose to veto the recommended changes. As a result, the legislature anticipates voting on an amended version later this month, including some changes suggested by the county executive.

While I’m disappointed that the original package was vetoed, I’m optimistic that a revised version will be passed and that the public will have the opportunity to vote on it this November.

This month, I’m continuing my annual “25 Businesses in 25 Days” tour of the district. In the past two years, I’ve visited many businesses and community landmarks from all corners of Alden, Cheektowaga, Depew and Lancaster, from manufacturers to restaurants and commercial bakeries to theaters.

I always find these tours to be extremely beneficial as it allows me to keep an ear to the ground on the different issues impacting our community. Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many cultural gems, such as the Alden Christian Theater, Lancaster Opera House and the Lancaster Hull House.

Oftentimes, I learn about different challenges and ways we at the county are able to help. Recently one of the larger problems businesses are having is a lack of employees. Many businesses are struggling to find qualified employees, which are hampering their ability to expand.

Burdensome regulations passed down by the state also continue to be a major problem for our community. Businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and we should be doing everything we can to help them thrive.

You may have heard that there is a growing problem with rabies throughout Erie County. Many young wild animals are being found stricken with rabies.

The Erie County Health Department is encouraging residents to be extremely cautious and to call local animal control or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals should you find an abandoned wild animal.

The county is also hosting a number of free rabies clinics. The next one closest to our area is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Erie Community College’s North Campus at the Noonan Center’s maintenance garage, Main and Youngs in Amherst. Consider bringing your dog, cat, or ferret to the clinic for a free vaccination.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer and as always, if I can ever be of assistance, call me at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov.

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