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2017-09-07 / Local News

Legislature OKs Morton’s Made in America Act

The Erie County Legislature passed the Made in America Act, sponsored by 8th District Legislator Ted Morton, R-Cheektowaga, at a special session earlier this month. The law, introduced Aug. 1, would require that all county purchases of at least $10,000 be manufactured in the United States.

In a press release announcing the law’s passage, Morton, whose district encompasses parts of Cheektowaga, as well as Lancaster and Alden, would enable Erie County to support American manufacturers and encourage domestic economic growth.

“Thank you to my colleagues for agreeing that we need to do what we can to support local workers and manufacturers,” he said in the release.

“For far too long we’ve seen a decline in manufacturing jobs as they have been outsourced to foreign nations. We have an incredible opportunity to do something for all of the hardworking Americans right here at home.”

The proposal now goes to County Executive Mark Poloncarz for a decision.

In an email to The Bee, a spokesperson for Poloncarz said a public hearing on the law would be held within 30 days, before the county executive decides on further action.

The act passed the Legislature by a 9-1 vote. Democratic Legislator Patrick Burke was the sole vote against the measure. Burke’s district, like Morton’s, includes parts of Cheektowaga, as well as Sloan, Kaisertown and South Buffalo.

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