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News update for Mon., Aug. 19, 2013

City man arrested on drug possession charges...

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being found with three different kinds of drugs -- at least one of them a narcotic -- in his posession.  City police say officers spotted 39 year-old Donald Dean entering the 7-Eleven Store on Hazeltine Avenue about 4:15 a.m. Monday.  Officers were aware that Dean was sought on several outstanding warrants... and, he was taken into custody.  Police say during a search of the suspect... they allegedly found a quantity of cocaine... Suboxone Strips... as well as some marijuana.  Officers say Dean was further charged with one count of Felony 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He is being held pending arraignment.

Reed proposes federal "Welfare-to-Work" type program...

The southern tier's representative in Congress is proposing a "welfare-to-work"-type program for the federal government that he hopes will break the 'cycle' of Welfare dependancy.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he will submit the "Promoting Assistance with Transitional Help" -- or PATH Act -- once Congress returns from it's August break next week.  Reed says the key component to the measure is that it allows those people who receive benefits to keep at least some while they transition to the workforce.  He says the idea is avoiding the "Welfare Cliff" where people are cut off all together... saying he has no problem giving people a "helping hand..." but, you can't create a situation where people are "dependent" on the federal government indefinately.  While not penalizing those on the welfare system if they find work... Reed does say that state's won't get credit beyond the five-years of TANF benefits -- unless they have made significant progress towards getting those people on welfare transitioned from "pure welfare to a working environment."  Reed says the bill has no co-sponsors at the moment.  He says the proposal was a product of town hall meetings that he's held in the 23rd Congressional District.

Reed responds to article about late property tax payments in NYS 38 times in past eight years...

Congressman Reed says he understands that federal lawmakers are held to a higher standard... but, adds that he's not perfect either.  Reed responded today to a Buffalo News article today that he's been late paying his property taxes 38 times since 2005.  Twenty-five of those times have come since he's been in Congress.  During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media... he said he's ultimately accountable for the oversight.  Reed did admit in the article that being elected twice to Congress may have played a role... because he's been involved with partners in a number of investment properties.  However... he can no longer have a "day-to-day" role in their operation because of his position.  Reed then criticized Democrats for being the possible source of the information.



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