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    BARBARA Miller-Williams (DEM, WF, WEP) Erie County Legislator, District 1

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How can we deal most effectively with the opioid problem and the need for additional funding to do so?

Infrastructure needs. All legislators complain about needed road repairs, improvements. What are your priorities related to infrastructure needs and why did you select these priorities?

What measures do you support to ensure that our water supply is safe and reliable?

What is the most important issue facing Erie County in the next two years and why is it the most important issue?

How can Erie County better address state-mandated Medicaid payments to lessen the burden on county taxpayers?

Education Graduated from Lafayette High School in the City of Buffalo, NY. Obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Ms. Williams is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo and successfully completed numerous United States Army Military Academy and City of Buffalo Police Training Academy Courses.
Experience and Qualifications Appointed interim Erie County Legislator, District 3 on March 1, 2007. Currently serves as 1st District Erie County Legislator. As a former Chairperson of the Erie County Legislator and City of Buffalo Ellicott District Councilmember, she is currently assigned to the Finance & Management, Finance Management & Budget, Health and Human Services and Government Affairs Committees.
Key Endorsements Erie County Democratic Party, Working Families Party, Women's Equality Party, and Women's TAP Fund.
In order to effectively deal with the opioid problem we must proactively work with service providers in the areas of prevention, treatment, and recovery. We must also include working directly with community residents, emergency medical professionals, law enforcement personnel and our judicial representatives. The allocation of increased funding to support increased beds, rehab/residential programs and the acquisition of the overdose-reducing drug naloxone is critical throughout Erie County.
I have partnered with City, State and Federal Representatives to assist with the repair of roads/bridges because Erie County does not fund such projects within our District. The partnerships have resulted in multi-million dollar infrastructure upgrades of roads/bridges through repaving, resurfacing and general repair which has created safe roadways and spurned economic development opportunities. In addition, I continue to support needed roadwork repairs throughout E.C for health/safety reasons.
I support water conservation measures which encourage reuse and recycling to avoid waste via public education and governmental entities. Working in conjunction with the Erie County Water Authority and the Buffalo Water Company,I support existing preventive measures including Land Use Controls, targeted inspections and monitoring medications/contaminates disposals to reduce the amount of pollution runoff allowed to flow into Lake Erie which is the main water source for residents in our District.
There are several important issues facing Erie County today, however the county-wide opioid epidemic continues to result in fatal overdoses which negatively affect the quality of life for residents, family, friends and colleagues. As a public health and safety issue, it is critical to advance initiatives that are pro-actively addressing the drug epidemic in conjunction with the E.C. Opioid Epidemic Task Force, Service Providers, Erie County Sheriff Department and the City of Buffalo Drug Court.
In order for Erie County to better address state-mandated Medicaid payments which assist the working poor, children, disabled and certain groups of legal permanent resident immigrants, the following areas must be reviewed as cost saving measures: Vendor Fraud, Emergency Room usage vs. Medicaid Health Care Clinics, Patient Medical Abuse, Local Providers over payments and Erie County's active participation in the Medicaid Fraud Waste and Abuse Demonstration Project.

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