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Barbara Miller-Williams
District 1

District Office:

427 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone:(716) 842-0490
Fax:(716) 854-5722
Email: BMW@Erie.gov 

 

Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams
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Legislator Miller-Williams To Co-Host a Free Estate Planning Workshop

Legislator Miller-Williams invites the community to participate in an upcoming 'Free Workshop for Wills and Estate Planning'. This event will take place on May 20th, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at the Moot Senior Center, 292 High Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

This free Estate Planning workshop covers frequently asked questions about what to do in the event of a health emergency such as Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and Personal Care Plans. Probate and Trust Administration information will also be discussed.


Legislator Miller-Williams Calls For More Transparency in Erie County Government

Legislator Miller-Williams has introduced legislation to audio and video record Erie County Legislature Sessions, Committee Meetings and Public Hearings, an effort that will provide greater notice and transparency in the introduction, discussion and adoption of items that come before the Legislature in accordance with New York State Open Meetings Law.

“Many constituents throughout Erie County are currently using the internet and social media to research information and I believe constituents should have the option to stay connected with the Erie County Legislature. With the option of real-time publishing of Sessions and Meetings, constituents will be able to review and research the work being done through the Erie County Legislature via our website, Public Access channels and through social media”, stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Erie County Legislature does not currently video record Legislative Sessions, Committee Meetings and Public Hearings to publish on Public Access channels. This practice will engage Erie County’s Senior population, promote public participation and increase access to government for constituents throughout Erie County.

Legislator Miller-Williams Demonstrates Her Commitment to Affordable Housing In Buffalo, NY

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams has demonstrated her drive to go above and beyond expectations to ensure constant growth in Buffalo and Erie County. The Legislator was pleased to promote and support a pair of PILOT Agreements in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Planning and Pilgrim Village Associates to financially sustain a pair of housing developments in Buffalo: one to rehabilitate 57 townhouses at 1100 Michigan Avenue, and the second to develop 92 affordable apartments at 903 Ellicott Street. Both PILOT Agreements specifically address low income earners, specifying that 60% of the units are designated for persons earning no greater than 50% - 60% of the area medium income adjusted for family size.

In order to make the developments economically feasible for Pilgrim Village Associates, the PILOT Agreement’s tax relief is crucial in keeping the projects afloat and avoiding an unforeseen financial crux.

“I am excited to advance these PILOT Agreements and show dedication to Buffalo’s growth by ensuring that prosperity is shared among every citizen of the City. I believe these developments and renovations will beautify both neighborhoods and show the County’s continued support for developers who want to invest in our City to make it better,” stated Legislator Miller Williams.

Under the Agreements, Pilgrim Village Associates will make payments of $39, 132 and $15, 693 annually for each project respectively, with those figures increasing by 3% each year for a fifteen-year term. The County of Erie will receive 25% of each annual payment and the City of Buffalo will receive 75%. The increased use of PILOT Agreements, an abbreviation for payments in lieu of taxes, have been beneficial in keeping projects funded in the past, and the Erie County Legislature’s sustained embracing of them are a positive approach in spurring and maintaining development in the area.

2018 CULTURAL FUNDING APPLICANT BRIEFING AND APPLICATION RELEASE

Legislator Miller-Williams encourages all eligible organizations attend the 2018 Arts and Cultural Funding applicant briefing to receive information about the upcoming application and deadline dates. The applicant briefing has been scheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 5:00 PM, during which time the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB) members will review the 2017 funding process and provide an overview of the 2018 funding application. The briefing will take place in at the WNED/WBFO Studios at 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202. Attendees may use the visitor’s entrance on Charles Street to access the parking lot. 

The electronic version of the funding application will be available April 21, 2017 on the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning webpage http://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=arts-amp-culture. Additional information is also available on the webpage to assist applicants, including eligibility criteria and step-by-step instructions for completing a short- or long-form funding application. 

Eligible organizations seeking Erie County funding must submit their 2018 funding application by 11:59PMon THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017. For more information, contact the District 1 Office at 716-842-0490.


Closing Dates for the Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program, HEAP Benefits

We have reached the closing date for the Regular HEAP Benefit component as of Friday, March 17, 2017. 

 

The Emergency HEAP Benefit component has the closing date of Friday, March 31, 2017.

 

Emergency Benefits are available for a household’s main source of heat (if the Regular Benefit is exhausted and if service is off, or if there is a shut off notice, or a low fuel supply), and for “heat related” electric (if electricity is needed to run heating equipment, thermostat, furnace fan, etc.).

 

For emergency assistance, clients are encouraged to visit the HEAP Office at 478 Main St., Buffalo, 8am-4pm, or call the HEAP Hotline at 858-7644.

 

Complete HEAP information, including application guidelines and methods, is available by visiting www.erie.gov<http://www.erie.gov

 

We in Erie County look forward to assisting and serving our community next HEAP season!