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Barbara Miller-Williams
District 1

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427 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
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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.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Furnace Clean and Tune Assistance is still 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 still available for Erie County homeowners. 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 hotline at (716) 858-7644 and request a clean and tune 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.

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.