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Barbara Miller-Williams
District 1

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427 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone:(716) 842-0490
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Legislator Miller-Williams partners with William-Emslie YMCA to host a Community Breast Cancer Awareness Fair

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Legislator Miller-Williams will host a Community Breast Cancer Awareness Fair in partnership with the William Emslie YMCA. The event will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016 from 11am to 2pm. Guest Speaker will be Elizabeth Kahn, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen WNY. A presentation will also be made by the Buffalo Niagara Witness Project. For more information, please contact the District 1 Office at (716)842-0490.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Calls on NFTA to Establish a Veterans Reduced Fare Program

Buffalo, NY- First District Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) announces that legislation has been introduced and unanimously passed, asking that Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) provide Erie County Veterans with a reduced fare option to travel in the Metro system. The program would allow Veterans to apply for the reduced fare program and would also allow a Veteran to show their Veteran ID Card to a NFTA Metro operator and be eligible for a reduced fare.


Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, working with Former Legislator and NFTA Metro Operator Daniel M. Kozub, introduced the Resolution and is calling on NFTA Board of Commissioners to consider the measure at their next Board Meeting in October. A similar program was established by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in May of 2015 and has encouraged rider usage and enhanced access to affordable and reliable transportation for thousands of Veterans who live in that region. 

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Furnace Clean and Tune Assistance is available for eligible households

Buffalo, NY- First District Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) announces that the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) furnace clean and tune funding is available for Erie County homeowners. The program is set to close on November 2, 2016, or earlier, if funding is exhausted.  Eligible households will receive free inspection, cleaning and tuning of heating equipment (furnace, boiler, chimney, etc.). A free carbon monoxide detector and programmable thermostat will also be installed if homeowners do not currently have one installed.


Furnace clean and tune applications are available at the HEAP office at 291 Pearl Street, Buffalo, 8am-4pm. Applications will also be accepted by mail. Clients may call the HEAP application request line at 858-1969 for an application packet.


Approved homeowners will be provided a list of qualified contractors in your area who have a contract with NYS to participate. HEAP will notify the chosen vendor of program eligibility. The vendor will then contact the client to set up an appointment.


All HEAP components are federally funded. The funding is limited and cooling assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis.


Eligibility Requirements:


Households must have received a 2015-16 Regular HEAP benefit OR be responsible for a heating bill and have income which does not exceed the 2015-16 maximum HEAP guidelines. Applicants must be the homeowner in order to qualify for this assistance.


For more information or assistance, please contact Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams legislative office at (716) 842-0490 or e-mail

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams recognizes “Miss Barbara” for 50 years of service

Buffalo, NY-Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams presented a proclamation to Ms. Barbara D. Glover, the Founder and Artistic Director for Miss Barbara’s School of Dance at the regular session of the Legislature on Thursday, June 23, 2016.  The proclamation recognized Miss Barbara for operating her famous school of dance for fifty years in the City of Buffalo.


“It is with great honor that I present this proclamation to Miss Barbara in recognition of her fifty years of owning and operating her school of dance. Miss Barbara has been committed to developing the minds and bodies of young people through various genres of dance, talent competitions and pageants and her record of success is unmatched”, stated Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams. 


Operation Prime Time Funds Awarded to 62 Not-For-Profit Agencies Providing Summer Youth Enrichment Programs

Funding Boost to $500,000 allows for expanded programming at sites across Erie County 

Buffalo, NY— Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (1st district), joined Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Al Dirschberger, Director of Development & Youth Services at the Valley Community Association Lori Overdorf, and dozens of excited children at the Valley Community Center to kick off summer with the announcement of $500,000 in Operation Prime Time grants to 62 local not-for-profit agencies, an increase of approximately $80,000 from 2015. Grants for individual agencies range from $2,614 - $10,000 and help to provide for an adult-supervised environment for the ten-week school summer recess period.


“I am pleased to join my colleagues in announcing the release of Operation Prime Time funding. Operation Prime Time is a valuable program and resource, providing structured activities and services for our children throughout the summer months," stated Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams while noting that more than 25 programs in the First Legislative District will receive funding.


Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams continued, “These are existing programs that have been in place that have shown and demonstrated that they’re doing a great job with the children, with the youth, throughout Erie County. This gives those groups an opportunity to continue to do good and great works for the summer for our children,” who also noted that the opportunities provided are extended to children of all socio-economic backgrounds in urban, suburban, and rural communities.