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Buffalo, NY 14204
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Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Announces HEAP Workshops in District 1

1st District Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will conduct three separate Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Workshops. All eligible households may submit an application to receive services. If an applicant is missing information, they may be allowed to mail the information and complete the application process.

The first outreach event will be held February 29, 2016 at the Dorothy J. Collier Community Center, 118 East Utica Street, Buffalo, NY 14209 from 10 am - 2 pm. All applicants will be interviewed.

DATE: Monday, February 29, 2016

PLACE: Dorothy J. Collier Community Center 118 East Utica Street, Buffalo, NY 14209

TIME: 10am-2pm

The second HEAP workshop will be March 2, 2016 at the West Side Community Services Center, 161 Vermont Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 from 10 am - 2 pm. All applicants will be interviewed.

DATE: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PLACE: West Side Community Services Center 161 Vermont Street, Buffalo NY 14213

TIME: 10am- 2pm

The third HEAP workshop will be March 10, 2016, 422 Pratt Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 from 10 am - 2 pm. All applicants will be interviewed.

DATE: Thursday, March 10, 2016

PLACE: Pratt Willert Center 422 Pratt Street, Buffalo NY 14212

TIME: 10am- 2pm

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams hosting the Accessing Erie County Funding Workshop’

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will be hosting the ‘Accessing Erie County Funding Workshop’ which will be held Saturday February 20, 2016 from 10am to 2pm at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Central Library Auditorium located at 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203. Please RSVP to the First District Office via phone at (716) 842-0490, in person at 427 William Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 or via email at

“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 them in being successful in the much needed work that they provide for Erie County residents” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

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.