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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.


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A coalition of citizens groups will gather at 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the Saturn Club in Buffalo to protest Rep. Chris Collins' appearance there -- and the Clarence Republican's support for a GOP tax reform plan. The groups said they oppose the plan because it will raise taxes for some state residents. The bill cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. The group…

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NEW YORK — Sam Hoyt threatened her. He groped her. Finally he paid her $50,000 to keep quiet. And the governor's office let it happen. Those are the key allegations that former state employee Lisa Marie Cater makes in a federal lawsuit filed here over the weekend. She accuses Hoyt, a Buffalo political figure for decades and key Cuomo administration appointee for six y…

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WASHINGTON — Tax reform could cost Buffalo city schools $12.2 million. It also could radically raise the cost of construction for improvements at the region's colleges, in Buffalo's public housing, and elsewhere throughout the region. And it could force the federal government to make unprecedented cuts in Medicare, border security and a host of other programs. S…

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WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pushed hard to try to get Republican House members from New York to oppose a tax reform bill that sharply cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. But to hear Republicans tell it, the governor didn’t push nearly as hard as he said he did. http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/16/house-passes-gop-tax-reform-proposal/ Three House …

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WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday passed the most sweeping tax legislation in 31 years, a $1.5 trillion cut that aims to reduce rates and slash many deductions – including the write-off for state and local taxes, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and even many New York Republicans say is essential to the state. Yet the 227-205 House vote exposed divisions that will make i…

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WASHINGTON – House Republicans appear headed toward passing a massive tax bill Thursday that could, if approved by the Senate, lead to radical changes for the 152,000 or so metro Buffalo taxpayers who stand poised to lose at least part of the state and local tax deduction they are accustomed to claiming. The two parties continued their heated debate on the measure on …

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday declared New York's Lake Ontario shoreline a disaster area, opening up federal funding for recovery efforts from flooding that took place there between May 2 and Aug. 6. State, local and tribal governments, as well as some nonprofit groups, will be eligible to apply for federal money for emergency work and the repair or replacem…

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WASHINGTON — President Trump's budget director on Tuesday offered a spirited defense of a tax reform proposal that would curtail the deduction taxpayers take for state and local taxes, acknowledging that it could do most damage to high-tax states such as New York. But states such as New York should take responsibility for their own high tax rates — and stop making t…

Politics

WASHINGTON — It was as if the mild-mannered backbench congressman from Buffalo stripped off his boxy pinstriped suit to reveal a silver spandex shirt with a big blue "D" on it as he as he suddenly became … SuperDemocrat! Raising his voice to nearly a shout, Rep. Brian Higgins last week summed up his party's argument against the Republican tax cut plan as the House …

Business

WASHINGTON – Republicans in Congress hope to make business boom by cutting the corporate tax rate 43 percent. Yet from Buffalo's suburbs to its burgeoning downtown, from the halls of its charities to those of its biggest university, people think the GOP tax plans could do grave damage to the businesses and institutions they serve. Local realtors worry that that the…

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WASHINGTON — The House Republican tax reform proposal would slash the state and local tax deduction affecting 91,041 taxpayers in Erie County, raising their taxes by an average of $2,884 a year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday in an analysis of the proposal. Statewide, the governor said, taxpayers would pay $16 billion more under the plan. The effect would be ev…

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WASHINGTON – Republicans say their tax reform plan would make April 15 a lot simpler for millions of taxpayers, who in theory would be able to fill out their tax returns on a document the size of a postcard. Due to lower rates and other changes, a majority of families that earn more than $50,000 would get a tax break under the plan, according to a report issued this w…

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New York voters did the conventional thing Tuesday, voting down a referendum calling for a state constitutional convention, just as they did 20 years ago and 20 years before that. The latest proposal to redraw state government through a constitutional convention failed by a wide margin. With 77 percent of precincts reporting, the measure trailed, 28.3 percent to 71.7 pe…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins and other Republican lawmakers portray their tax reform plan as a win-win for taxpayers and the economy, but the Clarence congressman Tuesday acknowledged another, swampier reason for him to back a rewrite of the tax code. “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’ ” Collins said. Collins ma…

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WASHINGTON – Burmese soldiers set fire to Nay Htoo's village when he was 10, sending him fleeing into the mountains on the first leg of a 36-year journey that took him from Burma to Buffalo — and, Monday, to a place he never could have imagined: The U.S. Capitol. Nay Htoo, who told the details of his family's harrowing journey in a series last year in The Buffalo…