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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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Legislator Miller-Williams encourages all eligible organizations attend the 2018 Arts and Cultural Funding applicant briefing to receive information about the upcoming application and deadline dates. The applicant briefing has been scheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 5:00 PM, during which time the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board (EACAB) members will review the 2017 funding process and provide an overview of the 2018 funding application. The briefing will take place in at the WNED/WBFO Studios at 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202. Attendees may use the visitor’s entrance on Charles Street to access the parking lot. 

The electronic version of the funding application will be available April 21, 2017 on the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning webpage Additional information is also available on the webpage to assist applicants, including eligibility criteria and step-by-step instructions for completing a short- or long-form funding application. 

Eligible organizations seeking Erie County funding must submit their 2018 funding application by 11:59PMon THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017. For more information, contact the District 1 Office at 716-842-0490.

Closing Dates for the Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program, HEAP Benefits

We have reached the closing date for the Regular HEAP Benefit component as of Friday, March 17, 2017. 


The Emergency HEAP Benefit component has the closing date of Friday, March 31, 2017.


Emergency Benefits are available for a household’s main source of heat (if the Regular Benefit is exhausted and if service is off, or if there is a shut off notice, or a low fuel supply), and for “heat related” electric (if electricity is needed to run heating equipment, thermostat, furnace fan, etc.).


For emergency assistance, clients are encouraged to visit the HEAP Office at 478 Main St., Buffalo, 8am-4pm, or call the HEAP Hotline at 858-7644.


Complete HEAP information, including application guidelines and methods, is available by visiting<


We in Erie County look forward to assisting and serving our community next HEAP season!

Mrs. Eva M. Doyle Presented with Citizen of the Month Award

Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held in “Old County Hall” on Thursday, January 26, 2017, Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo) presented Mrs. Eva M. Doyle with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2017.


The Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award recognizes outstanding members of the community. Mrs. Eva M. Doyle has been involved in various aspects of community building across the Western New York region and is the latest recipient of this distinguished award.

Legislator Miller-Williams Gains Unanimous Support in Reappointment of George Johnson, Jr. to the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board

Buffalo, NY - Buffalo community activist and sporting mentor George Johnson Jr. has been reappointed, unanimously, as the Democratic Caucus representative to the Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board for a three-year term.  The reappointment was subject to confirmation by the entire Erie County Legislature.

The Legislature acted on the reappointment at its January 26, 2017 meeting, following the nomination by the Minority Caucus.  The Fisheries Board advises Erie County government on matters concerning protection, development, and access to fisheries and sports fishing.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to advance the reappointment of George Johnson to this panel – not only because he has brought a wealth of knowledge to the board, but for all the other work he has contributed to the community,” said Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams.  “Mr. Johnson’s years of work to lead young people in the right direction, whether it has been his work to combat violence in mentorship projects like youth bike repair workshops, participation in Family Fun Day at the Kerns Ave. Bowling Center, and of course his leadership on the Fisheries Advisory Board, speaks volumes about his character and commitment,” she added.

Mr. Johnson has served on the Fisheries Advisory Board since 2014.  He has been recognized for his work in establishing Family Fishing Days events each year at the Historic Broderick  Park. 

Mrs. Eva M. Doyle Presented with Citizen of the Month Award

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Legislator Miller-Williams presented Mrs. Eva M. Doyle with the Erie County Legislature’s Citizen of the Month Award for January 2017. “I am honored to recognize the humility, tenacity, and legacy of Mrs. Eva M. Doyle. Through her annual ‘Roses for Outstanding Women Awards’ program, she has made her number one priority the uplifting of individuals not only in District 1 but throughout Erie County. Presenting her with the Citizen of the Month recognition is my way of giving her a well-deserved rose” stated Legislator Miller-Williams.

Mother Doyle, as she is affectionately known, is a community leader, activist, historian, and columnist who is a lifelong resident of the 1st Legislative District. She has evolved her groundbreaking newspaper column “Eye on History” into a bi-weekly radio program and has created a billboard campaign which is seen throughout the community. She is the wife of the late Mr. Romeo Doyle Muhammad and has three children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who are also very active in the community. She can be heard live on WUFO 1080am on the first and third Tuesday of each month and information about her various programs can be found at