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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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WASHINGTON – New York's two U.S. senators are demanding answers from New York State Electric and Gas about its delayed response to last week's windstorm. Noting that NYSEG's customers across the state faced long delays in getting their power restored after the April 4 storm, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand Monday wrote to Carl A.…

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WASHINGTON – The world is full of snakes, and President Trump just got bit by the same one that bit his predecessor. Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, seemingly emboldened by Trump's desire to withdraw troops from Syria, appears to have authorized a chemical attack Saturday in the Syrian city of Douma, killing 40. If that sounds familiar, perhaps it's because Assad, unafra…

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WASHINGTON – Democrats now have their candidate to take on Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th district this fall: Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray. The other remaining Democrat in the race, businessman Nick Stankevich, announced Monday he is suspending his campaign. "It was just many factors that led me to this decision," Stankevich said after releasing …

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins had $1.22 million in his campaign war chest after winning re-election by 34 points in November 2016. Then on Nov. 29 of that year, Collins, a Clarence Republican, put $500,000 of that money back in his own pocket. Collins lent his campaign $500,000 before he first won election to Congress in 2012, and four years later, he finally paid him…

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She collapsed to her knees in prayer, just as she did amid war back in Africa, just as she did in her modest new apartment in Buffalo. This time, though, Micheline Kwanda Makila dropped to the hard tile floor of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where her prayers of the past 19 months would soon be answered. Glass doors slid open, and Makila's 24-year-old da…

Initial screening: Refugees report to the UN High Committee for Refugees (UNHCR), which collects biographical data and interviews them – and then selects fewer than 1 percent of all refugees for possible resettlement. Secondary screening: A U.S. State Department Resettlement Support Center compiles biographical data and conducts an initial interview. Biographic secur…

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WASHINGTON – Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter offered a surprising pat on the back after Congress passed a spending bill last week that boosted Democratic priorities far more than did similar deals struck under President Barack Obama. "CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT SCHUMER!" tweeted Coulter, author of a book – apparently now outdated – called "In Trump We Trust." Coulter…

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Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to Jamestown Friday to announce he will  introduce a congressional resolution that would make the city's National Comedy Center officially "national." Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the congressional designation of the site as the "National Comedy Center" will show the nation that it's a premier attraction. "As t…

WASHINGTON –Western New York's highways got a boost under the federal spending bill passed by Congress last week, as did the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced this week that the measure includes $85 million in additional highway funding for New York. That includes a $2.1 million increase for the Buffalo area. …

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WASHINGTON – Summer camps, after-school programs and other children’s organizations will gain access to federal sex offender background checks when hiring new employees and volunteers, thanks to language inserted into the recently passed federal spending bill by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. "These groups are tasked with ensuring the safety of children day …

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WASHINGTON -- Rick Gallant, the first Democrat to announce a 2018 challenge to Republican Rep. Tom Reed of Corning, this week suspended his campaign. "After much deliberation, I accept that the challenge of raising the necessary money and resources to sustain a viable run for office has placed too great a burden on my family," Gallant said. "We are not independently wea…

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WASHINGTON – Seeking safety from unfriendly fire from both sides of the political spectrum, I started reviewing Scripture the other night, but the passage I found in Exodus proved to be less than helpful. How am I to deal with these people?... Any moment now they will stone me! So said Moses, and while I can relate, those words didn't quite offer the solace I was see…

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration dealt a costly blow to New York and other heavily urbanized states earlier this week. Its weapon? A simple question. Are you a citizen? The administration wants to add a question like that to the 2020 census, saying that doing so will help it enforce the Voting Rights Act. But census experts warn that adding the citizenship qu…

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WASHINGTON — Inspired by the teens from Parkland, Fla., Buffalo-area high schoolers are organizing a forum on gun violence on April 7, and they've already lined up Rep. Brian Higgins and two other Democratic congressional candidates to attend. But Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican and strong gun rights supporter, will not be there, his spokeswoman, Sarah Minkel,…

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WASHINGTON – Democrats, brace yourselves for bad news. The pundits and prognosticators pretty much agree: At this point it looks as if Western New York's Republican members of Congress will coast to victory again this fall. This might seem shocking, given the controversies surrounding Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and the liberal enthusiasm in his district and that of …