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Dr. Rev. James A. Lewis III Presented with Citizen of the Month Award by Legislator Miller-Williams

Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held in “Old County Hall” on Thursday, January 21, 2016, Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) presented Dr. Rev. James A. Lewis, III with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2016.

The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes outstanding members of the community. Dr. Rev. James A. Lewis, III has been involved in various aspects of community building not only in Erie County but across Western New York and is the latest recipient of this distinguished award.

“I am honored to recognize the integrity, perseverance and timely leadership displayed by Dr. Rev. James A. Lewis III. He has demonstrated the true nature of a public servant and has made the uplifting of individuals and the District 1 community his life’s work” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Dr. Rev James A. Lewis, III involvement in the community is extensive and includes service on the Boards of Directors of the Buffalo Urban League, New Life Residential, Legal Aid Society, Buffalo Philharmonic, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, founding member of G.R.O.U.P. Ministries and the founder and Executive Director of Vaughn House Shelter for Men. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church, Director of Pastoral Care for Erie County Medical Center, Chief Master Chaplain for the Buffalo Police Department and District Overseer for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Northeast Central Region Western New York District. He is married to his best friend Pastor Zandra Lewis and is a loving father and grandfather.

Erie County Legislature Approves Resolution to Support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

Buffalo, NY-  On Thursday, December 17, 2015, the Erie County Legislature joined the growing number of municipalities which support a bill currently before the NYS Legislature aimed at setting nurse-to-patient staffing ratios across New York State. The resolution to support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act was approved with bi-partisan support and ensures that health care workers have the support of the Erie County Legislature in their fight to ensure safe working conditions.

The resolution was introduced by Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) who saw this as an important issue that Erie County should support. “My goal is to ensure that all patients in acute care facilities and nursing homes receive the best care and treatment available. I commend my colleagues for joining me in support of this important resolution to ensure that quality, patient centered care remains a priority throughout Erie County.” 

The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act will establish a statewide standard for minimum staffing levels at acute care and nursing home facilities. With passage of this resolution, Erie County joins the towns of Cheektowaga, Amherst and the City of Buffalo who have recently passed resolutions in support of this statewide initiative.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Successfully Advocated for Increased Funding for Libraries, Public Safety, Youth Programs and Community Service Organizations

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams along with her Legislative Colleagues, passed the Amendments to the County Executive’s Proposed 2016 Budget with a unanimous vote that ensures that vital service remained intact. The County Executive is expected to approve the Amended Budget. Legislator Miller-Williams championed funding for economic development projects slated to begin in District 1 such as the Buffalo City Mission expansion project and the creation of several jobs through the Budget Amendments.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams worked collaboratively with fellow Legislators on the majority of the amendments, to ensure that programs and services maintained funding at sustainable levels. The 2016 Budgetalso includes a reduction in the property tax rates for all Erie County residents. Legislator Miller-Williams noted that including this tax cut limited the Legislature's opportunities to fund many worthy initiatives.

“I would like to thank the many constituents and community groups who took their time to share their concerns regarding the 2016 Proposed County Budget. I look forward to continuing our public discussions as we begin deliberations for the 2017 County Budget. It is my intent to host a public meeting regarding the Erie CountyBudget Funding Application Process in February 2016 to outline the entire process for community organizations” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Other highlights of the 2016 Budget include increased funding for Legislative District 1 business development initiatives, creation of several new community programs, additional jobs in the Public Safety arena and in the Office of the Comptroller which address concerns regarding oversight of county finances.

The Amended Budget was adopted by the entire Legislature at its Annual Budget Meeting. It is anticipated that the Erie County Executive will not veto the Legislature’s approved Amended Budget. The 2016 Budget goes into effect January 1, 2016.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams to host Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Workshops in District 1

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) will conduct three separate Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Workshops in the 1st Legislative District. All applicants will be interviewed and their application will be processed during the outreach. The first outreach event will be held Monday November 30, 2015 at the CAO Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211 from 9 am - 4 pm.

The second HEAP workshop will be December 16, 2015 at the George K. Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14211 from 9 am - 4 pm and the third HEAP workshop will be January 6, 2016 at the Matt Urban HOPE Center, 385 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo, NY 14212 from 9 am - 4 pm.

The HEAP workshop will be administered by the Erie County Departments of Social Services and is open to all income eligible households. For information or assistance, please contact the 1st District Office at (716)842-0490 or the the HEAP Hotline at (716) 858-7644.

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Honors Sandra Williams Bush for her 30 Years of Dedicated Service with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Buffalo, NY- First district Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) and the Erie County Legislature honored Sandra Williams Bush, for her thirty years of dedicated service with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, and wished her all the best in her future endeavors in her well-earned retirement, at the Legislature’s regular session held in “Old County Hall,” in the City of Buffalo on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Legislator Miller-Williams stated, "We were joined today by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Deputy Director-Chief Financial Officer, Kenneth Stone, Assistant Deputy Director-Public Services, Dawn Peters, and Legislator Betty Jean Grant for the presentation of the proclamation to Sandra Williams Bush. On behalf of Erie County and my colleagues, as well as the residents of the first legislative district, I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Sandra in all of her future endeavors." 

Sandra Williams Bush started her career at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library as a library clerk in 1985; she then became a manager of the North Jefferson Library, and in 2006 was appointed as the first branch manager of the new Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library.

The Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, the crown jewel of African-American architecture in the Buffalo-Niagara region, houses the largest resource center of African and African-American history in Central and Western New York.