Jerry Zremski - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

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.


Local News

WASHINGTON — The Canadian Parliament has approved legislation that could in the distant future, allow pre-clearance of U.S.-bound cargo on the less crowded Canadian side of the Peace Bridge. The Canadian legislation, which passed Wednesday, matches a bill Congress approved a year ago. Together, the two pieces of legislation allow the United States and Canada to negot…

Featured

WASHINGTON — A compromise tax reform bill would modestly expand the number of New Yorkers who could continue to write off some of their state and local taxes on their federal returns, tax experts said Thursday, but Democrats continued to grouse that the state would lose out under the tax legislation because it trims the so-called "SALT" deduction. In their final version…

Featured

WASHINGTON — Perhaps President Trump thought he was giving Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand a lump of coal for Christmas when he took to Twitter to say she would "do anything" for campaign contributions. But in reality, he gave the New York Democrat and possible future presidential candidate a gift that will keep on giving: a boost in public exposure that's likely to elevate …

Featured

WASHINGTON – President Trump's charge that Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand would "do anything" for campaign contributions prompted a fierce backlash Tuesday, as critics said the president made an outlandish and sexually suggestive accusation against the Senate's foremost fighter against sexual harassment. The dust-up between the president and a possible Democratic challenger…

Local News

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Monday called on President Trump to resign because of sexual misconduct allegations that emerged in his campaign more than a year ago. "President Trump should resign," the New York Democrat told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. "These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I've heard these women's test…

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday called on the National Park Service to approve the former Niagara Machine and Tool Works Factory on Buffalo's East Side as a historic property so that the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project can cash in on a key tax break before it is curtailed or rescinded. Putting the factory on the National Registe…

Local News

Rep. Chris Collins and Buffalo developer Nick Sinatra have teamed up on several real estate deals in recent years. Collins has invested between $3.5 million and $13 million in Sinatra's real estate ventures since 2014, and Collins loaned Sinatra's company somewhere between $1 million and $5 million in late 2015. Here's a closer look at those investments, based on Collins' …

Local News

WASHINGTON — John L. Sinatra Jr. checks all the right boxes for a federal judgeship. He excelled in school and in a legal career that carried him from Cleveland to Washington and back home to Buffalo, where his work wins praise from every side of the political spectrum. But Sinatra's brother Nick, a Buffalo developer, is tightly tied to the right side of the political s…

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Friday finished his 62-county tour of New York State for the 19th year in a row. Schumer visited a craft brewery in Columbia County, in the Hudson Valley, to press the Department of Agriculture to do more to aid such businesses. That would not be especially notable but for the fact that Schumer became the Senate's top Democrat t…

Featured

WASHINGTON – A federal pilot records database – aimed at preventing airlines from making hiring mistakes – began to take shape Thursday, seven years after Congress called for such an online resource in aviation safety. The legislation was passed in response to the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence. The Federal Aviation Administration released …

Local News

WASHINGTON — A Buffalo man's fight with the IRS made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, and several justices seemed sympathetic to his lawyer's argument that the agency went way too far in branding him a felon. Carl J. Marinello II, who ran a courier service in Buffalo, went to prison after a 2014 conviction on a series of tax misdemeanor charges, as…

Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer late Wednesday joined a growing chorus of Democrats calling on Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota to resign amid a growing list of allegations about his conduct around women. "Senator Franken should resign," Schumer said in a statement. “I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but…

Local News

WASHINGTON — Western New York State won't have a direct voice in the House-Senate negotiations intended to result in a massive tax reform package that aims to cut rates while slashing a key tax break that the Empire State enjoys. House leaders this week announced the members of the conference committee that will hammer out the compromise tax bill, and there are no New Y…

Politics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Saturday delivered a sharp, if not totally devastating, blow to high-tax states such as New York. The tax reform bill that Republicans passed while most Americans were sleeping would limit the state and local tax deduction to the first $10,000 of property taxes paid. That's exactly what the House version of tax reform would do, too, meani…

Local News

UPDATE: The Senate GOP tax bill passed very early Saturday morning in a major victory for Trump, Republicans WASHINGTON — The tax reform bill heading toward passage in the Senate will allow homeowners to deduct the first $10,000 of state and local property taxes that they pay, matching a provision in the House version of the bill and clearing what could have been a big …