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Barbara Miller-Williams
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Buffalo, NY 14204
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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.

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams recognizes the Buffalo United Front, Inc.

Buffalo, NY- Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams presented a proclamation to the Buffalo United Front, Inc. community organization at the regular session of the Legislature on Thursday, June 09, 2016.  The proclamation recognized the group of community volunteers for their commitment to the work they do and their dedication to improving the quality of life and opportunities for young people in the City of Buffalo.


“It is with great honor that I present this proclamation to the Buffalo United Front for all of the great work being done through this community organization. From creating a bicycle riding club on the East side of Buffalo to partnering with other community organizations, Buffalo United Front has been innovative and creative in their outreach efforts and they are making a difference throughout Erie County”, stated Legislator Barbara Miller Williams.


The Buffalo United Front was established in 2007 as a collaboration of front-line community organizations and individuals looking to make an impact on the incidence of violence and to address the post traumatic symptoms experienced by those who have lost a loved one due to violence. The organization has grown over the years and hosts an Annual “Family Fishing Day” at Broderick Park, Annual “Safe Night Out” Halloween Event, Annual MLK, Jr. “Winter Fun Fest” and Weekly Family Bowling Event at Kerns Bowling Lanes where participants pay $1 for games, shoes and food. In addition to hosting an Annual Father’s Day “Herculean Men” Awards Banquet, Buffalo United Front, Inc. is the founding member of the East Side Bike Club that partners with other bike clubs such as Slow Roll Buffalo to offer community youth’s an opportunity to explore the City of Buffalo while improving their health. The organization also partners with members of the Faith Based Community to host an Enough is Enough “I’m A Peacemaker” Weekly Prayer Vigil. Mr. George Johnson is President of the organization.

HEAP Cooling Assistance available beginning May 2

The Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program's Cooling Assistance component is available to eligible households beginning May 2, 2016. The program will close on August 31, 2016 or earlier, if funding is exhausted.

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

Income Eligibility requirements include:

  • Households must have received a 2015-16 HEAP benefit OR have an income that does not exceed the 2015-16 maximum HEAP guidelines. Household income limits are listed on the HEAP website

 "Medical Need" requirements include:

  • At least one member of the household must have a medical condition exacerbated (made worse) by extreme heat. The medical condition must be clearly stated, documented in writing by a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner, and be dated within the last 12 months. Documentation older than 12 months may be used, if it provides sufficient information to indicate the medical condition is considered chronic.

Households that received HEAP Cooling Assistance within the last 10 years, or households with a working air conditioning unit that is less than five years old, are not eligible. Households that have heating costs included in rent, and rent is subsidized (Section 8, Belmont, HUD, and others) are not eligible.

Beginning May 2, 2016, clients may apply at the HEAP office, 291 Pearl St., Buffalo, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications are also accepted by mail. Clients may call the HEAP Application Request Line at 858-1969 for an application packet. Applications will be mailed beginning May 2, 2016. 

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Erie County Legislature - District 1 Internship

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 1st District) is seeking college students to participate in the District Legislative Internship Program at the District Office located at 427 William Street in Buffalo, New York.

All interested individuals should possess a strong desire to assist with implementing the administrative and legislative functions of Erie County Government.  Required qualifications include strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills, computer literacy, high level writing ability and excellent public relation skills.  Interns must be able to work jointly as well as independently on District specific media and marketing District events.  Additionally applicant must possess excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.  Internship responsibilities may include clerical tasks, research and constituent services.  College credits may be applicable if approved by the applicant’s academic department.

For more information, please contact John C. Davis, Legislative Assistant at (716) 842-0490.