Local Congressman Tom Reed doesn't feel that President Trump's actions of believing Russian President Vladimir Putin instead of U.S. intelligence officials regarding meddling in the 2016 election was "treasonous"...  
 
During a media call Tuesday afternoon, Reed said he does not agree with the assessment made by former CIA Director John Brennan.  Reed, though, disagreed with the President's statement that there was no meddling.
 
The Corning Republican believes the investigation by Robert Mueller is divisive due to a lot of confusion regarding the investigation, and adds that Brennan may simply be more interested in making news.  Reed says he does not believe that what was on display was "treason."  On Monday night, he said that he believed Russia was trying to meddle in U.S. elections, but that there was no evidence of collusion with any American.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
Local police agencies have confirmed the identity of a body found in a pond in Sherman as a missing Warren County man... 
 
That from the Jamestown Post-Journal... who reports authorities in New York and Pennsylvania identified the man as 23 year-old Sven Blumquist on Tuesday.  A State Police Sergeant in Jamestown confirmed his body was found in the vicinity of Wait Corners Road -- near the site of the Blue Heron Music Festival.    Blumquist was last seen about 1 a.m.  on July 7th as he walking away from his campsite at the festival to go listen to one of the bands. No cause of death has been announced.
 
 
Congressman Reed's Democratic opponent in the 23rd District this Fall has a very different take on the president's comments made after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...  
 
Ithaca's Tracy Mitrano says "words can't describe my feelings as an American listening to our president side with the Russian leader against our intelligence community."  She adds that "Russian interference in the 2016 election has been well-established.  President Putin’s denial was a transparent lie."  She called on all members of the House and Senate to denounce President Trump’s remarks.
 
 
A former New York state Senate leader and his son have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges at their second federal corruption trial...  
 
A jury reached the verdict on Tuesday in the case against Dean Skelos and his son, Adam.  The two were accused of selling the once-powerful Republican's office by pressuring wealthy businessmen into giving Skelos' son roughly $300,000 for no-show jobs.  Prosecutors said the payments were bribes intended to win support for legislation favored by the businesses.
 
 
The Jamestown City Council will vote later this month on filling four positions in city government that have been left open by retirements or resignations....  
 
That from Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... who says the four positions are in the budget... and won't impact spending.  During Monday night's work session... Dolce noted that one is in finance, and another is in the parks department.
 
Dolce says the Police Department also is in need of a clerk due to a resignation... and, the other is an administrative assistant in the Public Works Department.  The City Council has to formally vote on the moves because they require suspending the city's on-going hiring freeze.
 
 
A grassroots non-profit looking to be part of the growing revitalization efforts of Jamestown is getting ready to open its doors to children and families in August.... 
 
That from the Children's Museum of Jamestown Board President Linda Andrews, who says the idea started within her group of friends.
 
While the exhibits are geared for pre-K and early elementary children... Andrews says there will also be exhibits for older siblings as well.  She says the Children's Museum of Jamestown will have a "Tot Spot" playroom, a snack bar and an event room for birthday partie and more.  Andrews says she hopeful the grand-opening at the 14 East 2nd Street location will be August 1st. For more information, volunteer applications or to send in donations... visit their website at CMJWNY.org. 
 
 
Two people were arrested for allegedly receiving over $73,000 worth of welfare benefits illegally from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services....  
 
Sheriff's officers say 39 year-old Emily Farnham of Sinclairville and 39 year-old Paul Farnham of Fredonia completed applications for assistance knowing the information reported was incorrect.  As a result... Emily received nearly $42,0000 in Family Assistance, over $31,000 in SNAP benefits and $25.00 in HEAP benefits that she was not entitled to. The Farnhams will answers to charges in Jamestown City Court at a later time.  (**To report incidents of suspected welfare fraud, call the county's hotline at 1-800-388-5365.)
 

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