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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 Welcomes the Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, Guest of Honor for Alpha Kappa Alpha, Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter's Founders Day Event

Legislator Miller-Williams welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sister, the Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative of the 18th District of Texas, to Buffalo as the Guest of Honr for the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Xi Epsilon Chapter's Founders Day event. Representative Jackson Lee is a standout sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a vocal and influential voice in Washington D.C. who continually stands up for the American people by protecting our Constitutional rights and ensuring the dignity of every citizen.

As a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security and a newly appointed member of the Budget Committee, Representative Jackson Lee is an empowered Congresswoman who has been able to effectively influence policy and make a strong name for herself and her constituents on Capitol Hill. As a sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Representative Jackson Lee has led her life and centered her career as a public servant around the sorority’s goals of advocating for social change, using it as a conduit to support and bring forth policy that protects and ensures the equality and rights of all citizens. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has taken up the torch to fulfill the mission and cause of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and through her everlasting sisterhood with the Sorority has worked tirelessly to promote human rights, the health and well-being of all of mankind, and the education of each citizen for them to be a productive member of society. 

Legislator Miller-Williams calls for future generations of African American women to be molded and guided by the mission and ideals of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and may they look to the sisterhood and Representative Jackson Lee for inspiration as they search for the best way to be of service to all mankind. 

Ms. Dinorah Santos Presented with Citizen of the Month Award

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams & Dinorah Santos

At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held in “Old County Hall” on Thursday, January 18, 2018, Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) presented Ms. Dinorah Santos with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2018.

The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes outstanding members of the community. Ms. Dinorah Santos is a community leader and a devoted mother of four children and five grandchildren who grew up in Puerto Rico, she has dedicated her time to providing social and educational support for members of the Hispanic and Migrant communities across Western New York, and is the latest recipient of this distinguished award.

Ms. Dinorah Santos desire to positively impact the Hispanic community has led her to participate in several initiatives that deal with the youth in the community, from 2001 to 2006 she served as an Outreach Educator for the Batavia Migrant Program where she tutored hundreds of children and provided translation assistance to agriculture laborer families learning how to navigate the social service system. She has also has served as 21st Century Program Co-Director, Summer Youth Supervisor and After-school Program Coordinator at the Belle Center on the West-Side of Buffalo. Ms. Santos has volunteered with the WNY Hispanic American Veterans Committee and helped to establish the first monument at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park which honors the memory and service of all past, present and future Hispanic American Veterans in Western New York.

The Erie County Legislature recognizes Ms. Dinorah Santos as Citizen of the Month for January 2018 and applauds her commitment to and passion for advocating for the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community and for constituents throughout Erie County.

Legislator Miller-Williams to Host 3rd Annual Accessing Erie County Funding Workshop

During interactions with community groups and constituents within the 1st District, a request was made from community members for Legislator Miller-Williams to host an informational workshop on the process for accessing funding in Erie County. Each year during 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 community groups with this process, Legislator Miller Williams, in partnership with the Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, will host an informational workshop presented by Erie County Youth Bureau, Erie County Environment and Planning, Erie County Senior Services, United Way, and Arts and Services Initiative of Western New York that will provide community groups with knowledge and tools that can be used to access funding through Erie County and other philanthropic lenders. The ‘Accessing Erie County Funding Workshop’ will be held Saturday February 24, 2018 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 District 1 Office via phone at (716) 842-0490, in person at 427 William Street, Buffalo, NY 14204 or via email at Legislator Miller-Williams believes that government is only effective if constituents and community groups are effective and this workshop will assist community organizations in being successful in the much needed work that they provide for Erie County residents.

H.E.A.P. Outreach Site in District 1 Wednesday January 17, 2018

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will conduct a Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.) Outreach on Wednesday January 17, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at the CAO Alphonso Rafi Greene Center, 1423 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo NY 14211. Constituents are encouraged to apply for the benefit even if their bill is current so that the H.E.A.P. benefit can be applied as a credit to their account. 

All eligible households may submit an application to receive services for the Emergency H.E.A.P. Benefit, Electric H.E.A.P. benefit, Weatherization Assistance program, Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Assistance program and the Heating Equipment (Furnace) Clean and Tune Assistance program.

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 bill (and/or electric bill; opens January 2, 2018)
  • For Heating Equipment: Two (2) furnace estimates from participating H.E.A.P. contractors; Proof of homeownership- Deed to home 

Legislator Miller-Williams Advocates for the Protection of the Child Health Insurance Program

During the first Erie County Legislature Session of 2018, Legislator Miller-Williams introduced a Resolution calling for the United States Congress to extend funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Thousands of children across Erie County utilize the much needed medical care and medical services afforded through the CHIP program and Legislator Miller-Williams has called on Congressman Brian Higgins to advocate for the continuation of the program in New York State.