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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski is the Washington bureau chief for The Buffalo News. He joined the News in 1984 as a business reporter and moved to Washington in 1989. Zremski served as president of the National Press Club in 2007 and won a Nieman fellowship in journalism at Harvard University in 1999. A native of Elkland, Pa., he is a graduate of Syracuse University.


WASHINGTON – Two of Western New York's House members will head to the White House Tuesday to talk about tax reform with President Trump. Rep. Brian Higgins and Rep. Tom Reed are among several members of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to receive the invitation. Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, said Saturday that he will use the meeting to push for a tax …

WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Collins didn't report his role with a dormant company on his personal financial disclosure forms — and Rep. Louise M. Slaughter isn't happy about it. Slaughter wrote a letter last week to the House Ethics Committee — which is investigating Collins' involvement with Innate Immunotherapeutics — criticizing Collins for not reporting his positi…

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to North Java in Wyoming County on Wednesday to announce his push for federal funding for farm safety programs. President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposed a 40 percent cut in funding for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Schumer said that could mean less money for the Northeast Center for Oc…

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals such as Erie County Medical Center face a more immediate funding threat than the new Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Funding is set to expire Sept. 30 for the federal government's program to pay more to hospitals who take a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients -- such as ECMC. If Congress allows that to happen, public…

WASHINGTON — The Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has sprung back to life — in the form of a Senate bill that would cost New York State tens of billions more than earlier health care reform bills. The new effort, sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would repeal federal subsid…

WASHINGTON – Erin Cole, an Army veteran and former state and federal official who two months ago became the first Democrat to announce plans to challenge Rep. Chris Collins next year, withdrew from the race Monday. Cole announced her withdrawal in a press release, saying: "After exploring this race for the last two months, I have decided to end my campaign. I will sup…

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Friday teamed up with a leading Republican colleague to propose an independent commission to investigate how Russian cyberattacks affected the 2016 election and how such meddling can be prevented in the future. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, joined Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in introducing legislation that would e…

WASHINGTON — One of the key aviation safety reforms enacted in response to the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center that took 50 lives in 2009 ought to be repealed or changed, an advisory committee told the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday. The requirement that all commercial pilots obtain a license based on 1,500 hours of fli…

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Collins that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a registry of firefighters who get cancer. Collins' bill, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, would authorize $2 million in federal funding a year for five years to develop the registry, which is see…

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Tuesday lent some high-profile support to an effort by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, to pave the way to a single-payer health care system. Gillibrand, a Democrat, announced she has signed on as a co-sponsor of Sanders' Medicare for All Act — which includes a provision authored by Gillibrand that would allow Americans to b…

WASHINGTON — The "Dreamers" who found their American dream threatened last week, when President Trump promised to end a program offering temporary legal status to young illegal immigrants unless Congress acts, may find new hope in part through the efforts of two House Republicans who represent Western New York. Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and Rep. Tom Reed of Corni…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins can't be pleased that the House Ethics Committee is investigating his investment in an obscure Australian biotech firm. But he can take comfort in the fact that for most lawmakers, such probes end in nothing worse than embarrassment. The House Ethics Committee conducted 23 investigations in the last Congress, which spanned 2015 and 201…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins won re-election Wednesday – to the board of directors of the struggling Australian biotech firm he invested in at a discount and touted to his colleagues, prompting a House Ethics Committee investigation. That company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, held its annual shareholders meeting in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday morning. There, the c…

WASHINGTON — The term "insider trading" conjures up images of men in fancy suits being dragged out of their Wall Street offices in handcuffs, not members of Congress. Yet that's the term at the heart of the congressional investigation into Rep. Chris Collins' stock trading, even though there's no indication yet that the Clarence Republican is being investigated for cr…

WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, will hold a town hall meeting in Buffalo on Thursday. Gillibrand's office said Monday the senator will take questions from constituents on issues ranging from health care to jobs and the economy. The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Rockwell Hall Auditorium at Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmw…