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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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Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams Successfully Advocates for Increased Funding for ECC, Libraries, and Combating the Opioid Crisis

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, along with her legislative colleagues, unanimously adopted the Erie County budget for 2018, ensuring that vital services remained intact.  County Executive Mark Poloncarz is expected to approve amendments including added support for local community initiatives.  Legislator Miller-Williams championed funding for the Hispanic Heritage Council as well as increasing the funding levels for Erie Community College, and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system.

“I would like to thank the many residents and community groups who took their time to share their concerns regarding the 2018 proposed County budget.  I look forward to continuing our public discussions as we monitor the 2018 County budget and prepare for the 2019 budget process.  It is my intent to host a public meeting regarding the Erie County budget funding application process to outline the entire process for community organizations,” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams worked collaboratively with fellow legislators on the amendments, to ensure that Public Safety, Youth Programs and local Community Service Organizations maintained funding at sustainable levels.  The 2018 budget also includes a reduction in the property tax rates for all Erie County residents, funds critical services, and includes an increased investment in the County’s infrastructure.

Legislator Miller-Williams also is proud to have worked hand in hand with the administration and her colleagues to increase efforts and additional help for the effects of the opioid epidemic.

H.E.A.P. Outreach Site in District 1 Wednesday December 6, 2017

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will conduct a Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.) Outreach on Wednesday December 6, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Moot Senior Center, 292 High Street, Buffalo NY 14204. 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 Regular 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. Emergency Assistance and Electric Assistance will be available starting January 2, 2018.

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 Honors Greater Refuge Temple's 80th Anniversary

Legislator Miller-Williams and the Erie County Legislature extends it's heartfelt Congratulations to the Greater Refuge Temple Church on the occasion of it's 80th Anniversary. Since the 1970's, Bishop Sanders and First Lady Janice Sanders have extended their ministry beyond the church and into the Erie County Home and Infirmary as well as behind prison walls - at the Erie County Penitentiary, serving as Chaplain and evangelizing to those confined to the buildings. Since 2013, the Greater Refuge Temple Church has been under the new Spirit-lead leadership of Pastor Robert L. Sanders, Jr. and First Lady Anitris Sanders and continues to be a church that is on the move for God, with divine purpose and destiny. Congratulations Greater Refuge Temple.

H.E.A.P. Outreach Sites in District 1 Wednesday November 29, 2017

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will conduct a Home Energy Assistance Program (H.E.A.P.) Outreach on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

True Bethel Charities

594 Winslow Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 1pm to 4pm

Old First Ward Community Center

62 Republic Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

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 Regular 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. Emergency Assistance and Electric Assistance will be available starting January 2, 2018.

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 Barbara Miller-Williams Proudly Champions Frederick Douglass Affordable Housing in Buffalo

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams has again shown her support and advocacy for the continued revitalization of her community at the November 16th session of the Erie County Legislature.

Legislator Miller-Williams passed a resolution empowering the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo to enter into an agreement with Frederick Douglass I 2017 LLC to revitalize affordable housing projects on Jefferson Ave. and Clinton St., based on a payment of over $23,000 for 15 years, escalating 3% each year.  The arrangement will allow Erie County to receive 25% of each annual payment and the City of Buffalo 75%.

To facilitate Phase I of the redevelopments, the agreement’s relief will help keep the projects afloat and avoid an unforeseen financial crux. The use of “PILOT” agreements, an abbreviation for payments in lieu of taxes, have been beneficial in keeping projects funded in the past, and the Erie County Legislature’s sustained embracing of them are a positive approach in spurring and maintaining development in the region.    

“I am proud to have supported this PILOT agreement to continue spreading prosperity to every citizen of the City and ensure each section is a vibrant part of the greater whole.  The renovation of these existing units will revitalize its surrounding neighborhood and hopefully spur better things to come in the future for our great City,” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

First constructed in 1999, the existing project site is an 87-unit multi-family rental housing project that utilizes low-income housing tax credit equity and other affordable housing funding sources. Since opening for occupancy in 2001, the buildings have experienced wear and tear that most buildings face. With the new PILOT agreement, Legislator Miller-Williams hopes to bring the buildings and others like it back to life to allow them to continue housing their many families and residents.