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Barbara Miller-Williams
District 1

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427 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone:(716) 842-0490
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Barbara Miller-Williams and the Erie County Legislature Recognize the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School Robotics Team

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams and the Erie County Legislature presented certificates to the students of the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School Robotics Team and offered Team Wolverine encouragement and best wishes in their upcoming State Championship competition.  The presentation took place at the Erie County Legislature session on Thursday, March 13, 2014, held in Old County Hall in the City of Buffalo.


Barbara Miller-Williams currently serves as the 1st District Erie County Legislator.  She was the first African American Woman to serve as Chairperson of the Erie County Legislature.  She is a former Ellicott District Councilmember and continues to serve as an advocate with a passionate voice for the revival of Buffalo. 

Legislator Miller-Williams is honored to have served our Country as a Master Sergeant/Equal Opportunity Advisor in the United States Army Reserve where she retired in 2016.  She is also a former Buffalo Police Officer (Retired) serving the Community for over 29 years. 

Ms. Miller-Williams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration.   She is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo Class of 1995 and 1997 and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., Gamma Phi Omega Chapter, Harriet Tubman 300’s, Inc., Judges and Police Conference of WNY, Afro-American Police Association, N.A.A.C.P., Buffalo Urban League, and the Buffalo Place Board of Directors.  She continues to progressively serve her community and is active in the religious, educational and civic communities.  

She has been noted for her Leadership and Community Achievement as the recipient of numerous Service Awards.  Ms. Miller-Williams was recently selected to receive the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators Arthur O. Eve Service Award, Black Achievers in Industry Award, Women for Effective Change Golden Flame Award, Los Tainos Ana Cotton Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Service Award, True Bethel Invisible Soldier Award, Afro-American Police Community Trail Blazer Award, Uncrowned  Queen Award and the WBLK/93.7 Radio Professional of the Month Award.

Ms. Barbara Miller-Williams’ favorite quote is “I am just an Ordinary Woman who has been blessed to do Extra-ordinary things” and her motto for leadership is “Always be ready to serve the community!”  A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Ms. Miller-Williams worships at Saint  John Baptist Church and  is also family oriented; a proud parent of two daughters and four grandchildren who  remains dedicated to helping to move our community forward and advocate for a better future for all children and families throughout Erie County.  

Erie County legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Announces Additional HEAP Outreach Sessions for March 2014

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) is announcing that two HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) outreach sessions will be held at locations within the 1st District between the hours of 9 am – 4 pm. HEAP is a federally funded program to assist Erie County Residents with their heating bills. The HEAP outreach will be administered by the Erie County Departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income eligible households.

Calling Upon the Social Services Department to Restore Much-Needed Funding for Substance Abuse Treatment Beds for Women in Recovery

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams is very concerned about funding cuts to area women’s shelters that provide life-saving detox, mental health and substance abuse counseling.  A resolution Legislator Miller-Williams sponsored has brought attention to the issue and important testimony before the Legislature’s Health & Human Service Committee.

CPS Making Strides, Although State Legislation Would Help Even More

The serious problem with CPS over the last several years is just heart-wrenching.  Reforms within this County department are ongoing and helpful, and together with reforms at the State level, will provide additional avenues to help our most vulnerable residents.  Joining her Democratic colleagues in supporting legislation currently before both houses of the State Legislature, Barbara Miller-Williams is hopeful that this legislation secures passage, as well as the signature of Gov. Cuomo, in order to become law.