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Barbara Miller-Williams
District 1

District Office:

427 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone:(716) 842-0490
Fax:(716) 854-5722
Email: BMW@Erie.gov 

 

Hon. Barbara Miller-Williams
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OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

Legislator Miller-Williams Partners with the University at Buffalo Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring Program (REALM)

Mr. Richard Gan, UB Political Science Major

Each year during the Fall and Spring semesters, the University at Buffalo Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring Program (REALM) partners with Legislator Miller-Williams' District Office to provide interested students with the opportunity to spend a day shadowing a professional in the field of Government. This experience allows the student a firsthand view of how leadership skills can help them stand out and succeed in the workplace.

This year, the REALM Experience occurred on Wednesday November 8, 2017 and Mr. Richard Gan was able to tour the various Erie County Departments and was given knowledge about the way that Erie County Government interacts with various Elected Officials and Government Departments to provide services to residents of Erie County.

Legislator Miller-Williams would like to thank Mr. Richard Gan for selecting Erie County Government for his REALM Experience and she would also like to thank the County Executive and all the hard working Erie County staff who helped make this day a success.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund Accepting Donations at All Erie County Buildings

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, catastrophic, category 4 Hurricane Maria made direct impact across the entire island of Puerto Rico. It left the entire island without electricity and knocked down cell towers, stopping all communications and other major damage. Many residents had gone days without water or electricity even before Hurricane Maria hit due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. With Erie County having one of the largest Puerto Rican communities outside of the island, it has personally affected many residents who have struggled in recent days, not knowing if their loved ones are safe.

Western New York Latino Leaders have come together to assist the victims of Hurricane Maria, and have established The Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to help provide both immediate and on-going support to the residents of Puerto Rico. To support efforts, resources and involvement are needed from the Buffalo area community.

Multiple donation centers have been set up to collect items for emergency relief from Monday, September 25 to – at least - Friday, October 6. Locations include Buffalo City Hall, All Erie County Buildings, Erie Community College, as well as the Belle Center at 104 Maryland St. (8am-6pm) and St. Anthony’s Church at 306 Ingham Ave. Lackawanna (10am-12pm and 2-4pm). Once these desperately needed items have been collected, they will be shipped directly to a collection center located in Puerto Rico.

The following is a list of much-needed supplies: bottled water, D batteries, canned goods, old-style can opener, candles, flashlights, baby supplies (diapers and wipes). A more extensive list of donation drop-off locations and requested items can be found by going to: www.city-buffalo.com

Western New York Latino Leaders have also set up other donation options. A bank account, managed through the Belle Center, has been established at M & T Bank. Tax-deductible donation checks may be made payable to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. A Go-Fund-Me account has also been set up. You can find the link on the local FB Page: Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria Relief Fund.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Calls for the Reinstatement of the Erie County Community Corrections Advisory Board

On Monday September 18, 2017, Legislator Miller-Williams submitted a Resolution to the Erie County Legislature calling for the immediate reinstatement of the Erie County Community Corrections Advisory Board (ECCCAB). ECCCAB is a oversight committee responsible for identifying and advocating for deficiencies in Holding Center and Correctional Facility practices. 

Article V, Section III of the bylaws established to govern the ECCCAB states that regular meetings are to be held a minimum four times per year, with an annual meeting to be held in January of each year, however, the Advisory Board has not held a meeting since August 6, 2013. Upon approval of the Resolution by the full Legislature, all interested parties should forward their resumes to the Clerk of the Legislature to be considered as an Advisory Board member and attend the subsequent meeting of the Erie County Legislature's Public Safety Committee.

Legislator Miller-Williams Joins the Community in Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Mrs. Velma M. Holt

On Saturday September 2, 2017, Legislator Miller-Williams joined the Family and Friends of Mrs. Velma M. Holt to celebrate her life and legacy at her milestone 100th birthday celebration. Mrs. Velma M. Holt, known affectionately as Mama Holt, has throughout her life been known as a woman of deep-rooted faith in God, a dedicated mother, and a leader in the Buffalo church community. Happy Birthday Mama Holt.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Swiftly Supports Governor Cuomo’s Initiative to Classify Rioting as a Hate Crime

The terrifying act of violence conducted by a white-supremacist protestor in Charlottesville, Virginia compelled the entire country and its leaders to pause and think about what we can do in our local communities and as a Nation to unify and come together.

Upon that time of reflection, Governor Andrew Cuomo moved to protect all New Yorkers by advancing legislation raising the threshold for a hate crime to include rioting or attempting to incite a riot against a protected class of individuals.

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams was also strongly moved and provoked by the events in Charlottesville, and quickly voiced her support of Governor Cuomo by introducing a resolution in the County Legislature in a prudent effort to deter future acts of violence and promote peaceful protests.

Speaking on the resolution, Legislator Miller-Williams stated, “I was affected tremendously by the recent events that occurred in Charlottesville, and when I saw Governor Cuomo take a stand as a State to fight back against violence and racism, it fulfilled my desire to act myself in the Legislature to promote peace and bring change here in Erie County.”

The new legislation, if passed, would raise penalties for rioting from a class E felony to a class D felony, while acting to incite a riot will be increased to a class E felony.

In addition to the bill’s reforms, Legislator Miller-Williams cites the necessity of spreading the word about the potential consequences of rioting violently while also acting proactively to curtail racism, bigotry, and discrimination from being able to cultivate. The Legislator also desires to continue working with her colleagues in the County and State to advance measures that protect residents while also upholding First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and expression.

Support for the bill can be voiced by signing an electronic petition on Governor Cuomo’s website, and Legislator Miller-Williams hopes her resolution will receive bipartisan support that will urge the State Legislature to act quickly on behalf of Erie County residents and the entire State of New York.