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Miller-Williams named interim Buffalo comptroller

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams was named interim city comptroller Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council.

“With the right smart-growth, long-term financial planning, Buffalo’s best days lie ahead, and I look forward to using my skills and proven leadership to continue our city’s resurgence into the future,” Miller-Williams said after the vote.

She is filling the remaining term of former Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, who left the job in January to head the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

The interim appointment lasts through December.

The June primary and November general election will determine who serves in the four-year term beginning Jan. 1.

"I was impressed with her interview and knowledge of municipal finance," said Council President Darius G. Pridgen, one of six Council members voting for Miller-Williams.

North District Councilman Joseph Golombek voted against Miller-Williams. He supported Deputy Comptroller Vanessa Glushefski, who has served as acting comptroller since Schroeder's departure.

Fillmore Councilman David Franczyk and Lovejoy Councilman Richard Fontana abstained.

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