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There is no "constitutional crisis" as the head of the House Judiciary Committee claims after the White House decided to assert executive privilege to block the full Mueller Report from Congress.....  

Those are the feelings of local Congressman Tom Reed after Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler made the statement early Wednesday.  Later in the day... Nadler's committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the panel's subpoena to turn over the entire report.

Reed says most of the report -- about 95-percent -- is currently available to the public for scrutiny.  He acknowledges that there could be consequences to Barr's refusal to go before the House Committee.  Barr testified before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee one week ago and, he did what "exactly what he was asked to do."  Nadler added that President Trump's assertion of executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's report is a clear escalation of his administration's "blanket defiance" of Congress.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 In state government news... 

The New York state Senate has approved legislation that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose his federal returns.  The bill that passed Wednesday would authorize state tax officials to release any state returns filed in New York if requested by any of three congressional committees.  The Assembly has yet to schedule a vote.

The family of a Chautauqua County military veteran will get to finally see their entire "made-over" home in Ashville later today.....  

The excitement is building for the latest "Military Makeover" reveal for Afghanistan War veteran Cody Willett and his family.  Willett is now a computer specialist for the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.  Work crews from the Lifetime Channel program, and locally, have been working on the home for nearly two weeks now.  TV Talk Show legend Montel Williams has hosted the program for about a year now and, says it was the perfect follow-up to his 22 years in the military.

Williams took over hosting "Military Makeover" after the original host, Ray "Gunny" Ermey, passed away in April of last year.  We spoke with Williams during a break in taping parts of the show at Heritage Ministries Homestead Stables in Gerry.  He says equine therapy has helped restore hope and comfort to a lot of vets.  Williams and Co-Host Art Edmonds says the Willett's home has been a bee-hive of activity since crews came into do the make-over. 

The initial meeting for the ninth-round of New York's Regional Economic Development Councils will be held in northern Chautauqua County today....  

That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the Western New York Council will gather at the Willams Center at the SUNY College at Fredonia.  Borrello says the council will put on a number of activities to help government and other agencies looking to apply for funding. Borrello says he's "very happy" the county will be hosting the program at Fredonia and, he'll be delivering opening remarks at the Council's gathering.

New York state is setting aside another 5-and-a-half-million dollars to support efforts to ensure teens have better options than joining a criminal gang....

 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Wednesday, adding it will go to 14 programs that provide workforce training and educational programs for at-risk youth.  Participants in the programs can get help with earning a high school diploma, or learn skills needed for jobs in health care, building trades, information technology and other sectors.  Cuomo, a Democrat, says the funding is a key part of offering teens good alternatives to violent street gangs.  Nearly $1-million will go toward programs on Long Island, where state and local officials are trying to curb recruitment by the MS-13 gang.

Gasoline prices continue to rise leading up to the Memorial Day Weekend across the nation and, Chautauqua County....  

The Triple-A's Gas Price Report says the average cost in the Jamestown-area is up 4-cents a gallon for the week.  The report says the average price for regular, unleaded gas is now $2.94.  Triple-A says the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions saw moderate price fluxuations over the past week and are up an average of 2-cents a gallon to $2.97.  The report says gasoline stocks declined by about a half a million barrels in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report, even with regional refinery use jumping from 87.6 to 92.5-percent.  The national average price is up a penny to $2.89 a gallon.

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