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Mrs. Eva M. Doyle Presented with Citizen of the Month Award

Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held in “Old County Hall” on Thursday, January 26, 2017, Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) presented Mrs. Eva M. Doyle with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2017.


The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes outstanding members of the community. Mrs. Eva M. Doyle has been involved in various aspects of community building across the Western New York region and is the latest recipient of this distinguished award.

Legislator Miller-Williams Gains Unanimous Support in Reappointment of George Johnson, Jr. to the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board

Buffalo, NY - Buffalo community activist and sporting mentor George Johnson Jr. has been reappointed, unanimously, as the Democratic Caucus representative to the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board for a three-year term.  The reappointment was subject to confirmation by the entire Erie County Legislature.

The Legislature acted on the reappointment at its January 26, 2017 meeting, following the nomination by the Minority Caucus.  The Fisheries Board advises Erie County government on matters concerning protection, development, and access to fisheries and sports fishing.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to advance the reappointment of George Johnson to this panel – not only because he has brought a wealth of knowledge to the board, but for all the other work he has contributed to the community,” said Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams.  “Mr. Johnson’s years of work to lead young people in the right direction, whether it has been his work to combat violence in mentorship projects like youth bike repair workshops, participation in Family Fun Day at the Kerns Ave. Bowling Center, and of course his leadership on the Fisheries Advisory Board, speaks volumes about his character and commitment,” she added.

Mr. Johnson has served on the Fisheries Advisory Board since 2014.  He has been recognized for his work in establishing Family Fishing Days events each year at the Historic Broderick  Park. 

Mrs. Eva M. Doyle Presented with Citizen of the Month Award

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Legislator Miller-Williams presented Mrs. Eva M. Doyle with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2017. “I am honored to recognize the humility, tenacity, and legacy of Mrs. Eva M. Doyle. Through her annual ‘Roses for Outstanding Women Awards’ program, she has made her number one priority the uplifting of individuals not only in District 1 but throughout Erie County. Presenting her with the Citizen of the Month recognition is my way of giving her a well-deserved rose” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Mother Doyle, as she is affectionately known, is a community leader, activist, historian, and columnist who is a lifelong resident of the 1st Legislative District. She has evolved her groundbreaking newspaper column “Eye on History” into a bi-weekly radio program and has created a billboard campaign which is seen throughout the community. She is the wife of the late Mr. Romeo Doyle Muhammad and has three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who are also very active in the community. She can be heard live on WUFO 1080am on the first and third Tuesday of each month and information about her various programs can be found at

Legislator Miller-Williams To Host Erie County Funding Workshop For Non Profit Organizations

Legislator Miller-Williams will host a workshop titled ‘Accessing Erie County Funding Workshop’ for Non Profit groups and interested community members to learn the process of applying for Erie County funding. The informational workshop will be held Saturday February 25, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Downtown Central Library located at 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203. 

“As an Erie County Legislator, I believe that government is only effective if constituents and community groups are effective. I believe this workshop will assist these groups to be successful in the much needed work that they provide for Erie County residents” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Each year during Erie County annual budget hearings, the Legislature receives funding requests from numerous community based organizations throughout Erie County who are either not aware of the process to apply for funding or are often times unable to access funding due to lack of knowledge about the application requirements that need to be met. To assist Non Profit groups with learning this process, Legislator Miller-Williams has partnered with Erie County Youth Bureau, Erie County Environment and Planning, United Way, and Arts and Services Initiative of Western New York to provide them with knowledge and tools that can be used to access funding through Erie County and other philanthropic lenders. 

For more information about funding application deadlines or to RSVP, please contact the 1st Legislative District Office via phone at (716) 842-0490, in person at 427 William Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 or via email at

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Announces HEAP Workshops in District 1

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will conduct Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Workshops throughout the 1st Legislative District for the 2016-2017 HEAP season.  All eligible households may submit an application to receive services for both the Regular HEAP benefit and the Furnace Clean and Tune Assistance benefit. If an applicant is missing information, they may be allowed to mail the information and complete the application process.  

The outreach events will be held throughout the HEAP season at various locations in District 1 from Wednesday December 14, 2016 to January 18, 2016. The events are as follows:   

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 10am to 3pm

Autumnwood Senior Center

1800 Clinton Street, Buffalo, NY 14206 

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 – 10am to 3pm

George K. Arthur Community Center

2056 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14211 

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 10am to 4pm

William-Emslie YMCA

585 William Street, Buffalo, NY 14206 

  • Monday, January 9, 2017 – 9am to 12pm

The Belle Center

104 Maryland Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

  •  Monday, January 9, 2017 – 1pm to 3pm

Hispanics United of Buffalo

254 Virginia Street, Buffalo, NY 14201

  •  Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

CAO Masten Resource Center

1423 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 12pm to 6pm

Old First Ward Community Center

62 Republic Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

Applicants are requested to bring the following Documentation to the Workshop:

  • One (1) form of identification for all household members (birth certificates, license, Social Security Card)
  • Proof of income received within the last 30 days for all household members (pay stubs, SS or pension award letters, proof of child support, rental income, unemployment benefits, worker’s comp., etc.)
  • Current heat and electric bills
  • For Heating Equipment: Two (2) furnace estimates from participating HEAP contractors; Proof of homeownership- Deed to home 

HEAP is a federally funded program to assist Erie County residents with their heating bills. The HEAP workshop will be administered by the Erie County Departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income eligible households.

For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams’ Legislative Office at (716) 842-0490 or e-mail or the HEAP Hotline at (716) 858-7644.