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Barbara Miller-Williams
District 1

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Buffalo, NY 14204
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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.

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Honors Sandra Williams Bush for her 30 Years of Dedicated Service with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Buffalo, NY- First district Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) and the Erie County Legislature honored Sandra Williams Bush, for her thirty years of dedicated service with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, and wished her all the best in her future endeavors in her well-earned retirement, at the Legislature’s regular session held in “Old County Hall,” in the City of Buffalo on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Legislator Miller-Williams stated, "We were joined today by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Deputy Director-Chief Financial Officer, Kenneth Stone, Assistant Deputy Director-Public Services, Dawn Peters, and Legislator Betty Jean Grant for the presentation of the proclamation to Sandra Williams Bush. On behalf of Erie County and my colleagues, as well as the residents of the first legislative district, I would like to offer my congratulations and best wishes to Sandra in all of her future endeavors." 

Sandra Williams Bush started her career at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library as a library clerk in 1985; she then became a manager of the North Jefferson Library, and in 2006 was appointed as the first branch manager of the new Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library.

The Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, the crown jewel of African-American architecture in the Buffalo-Niagara region, houses the largest resource center of African and African-American history in Central and Western New York.


Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Champions Reinstatement of the Local Conditional Release Commission

Buffalo, NY- On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the Erie County Legislature passed a Local Law submitted by Legislators Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo), Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo), and Patrick Burke (D-Buffalo) conveying its support for the reinstatement of the Local Conditional Release Program, a former program within the Probation Department that ended in 2005. County Executive Mark Poloncarz held his public hearing on Tuesday, May12th and immediately following signed the paperwork to make the law official.

“This program was reinstated today with bipartisan support and I would like to commend my colleagues for working together on behalf of the Western New York community” stated Legislator Miller-Williams. “New York law enables counties to establish a Local Conditional Release Commission, and Erie County did empanel a Commission in 1992. The law empowering conditional release affords eligible inmates serving a sentence in a local facility early release from incarceration, providing that the inmate is sentenced to more than 120 days and having served at least 60 days” stated Legislator Miller-Williams in her resolution.

District 1 Crime and Safety Forum with Featured Guest U.S. Attorney William A. Hochul, Jr. April 21, 2015

Please join Legislator Miller-Williams at the District 1 Crime and Safety Forum on Tuesday April 21, 2015. The forum will be held at the Belle Center, 104 Maryland Street, Buffalo NY, 14201 from 6pm to 8pm.

District 1 Crime and Safety Forum to be held March 24, 2015

Please join Legislator Miller-Williams at the District 1 Crime and Safety Forum on Tuesday March 24, 2015. The forum will be held at the Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo NY, 14212 from 6pm to 8pm.