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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.


Erie County

WASHINGTON – Only a bit more than a quarter of the taxpayers in Western New York take the deduction for state and local taxes that a Republican tax plan would trim by 71 percent -- but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday that cutting the "SALT" deduction would harm the vast majority of taxpayers in the state. Offering their m…

Joseph C. Lorigo, majority leader of the Erie County Legislature, will travel to the White House on Nov. 16 to discuss federal tax reform with cabinet secretaries and other members of President Trump's team. “This came as a surprise to me, but it’s really a great honor and an excellent opportunity for the people I represent,” Lorigo said Saturday. A Conservativ…

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans said the tax reform plan they introduced Thursday would cut taxes for many middle-income taxpayers. But it would also lead to radical changes — and possibly higher taxes — for some upper-income residents and businesses in Western New York. That's because the GOP plan curbs the tax breaks that many of those taxpayers and companies …

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WASHINGTON – Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins reveled Tuesday in helping force a likely compromise with Republican congressional leaders that would allow Americans to continue deducting their property tax payments on their federal tax returns. But it wasn't nearly success enough for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump's nominee to be vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board told senators Tuesday that he stands by his criticism of one of the key safety rules enacted in the wake of the 2009 crash of a passenger plane in Clarence: the requirement that most new pilots and copilots have 1,500 hours of quality flying experience before being hire…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump's nominee to be the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board doesn't think much of a key pilot experience requirement stemming from the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, which tumbled to the ground in Clarence and claimed 50 lives largely because of pilot error. Bruce Landsberg, an experienced aviation safety ex…

Jerry Zremski, the Washington bureau chief for The Buffalo News, will discuss his award-winning series "From Burma to Buffalo" at noon Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville. The speech is part of the church's "Common Ground" series, which aims to foster discussion about bringing people together amid society's cultural divisions. "From Burma…

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WASHINGTON — Thousands of Americans write to the president every year — but few of those letters result in a White House visit and a high-profile appearance behind the commander in chief as he unveils a dramatic new government policy. But that's just what happened to Dr. Thomas G. White of Amherst and his wife, Sandra, on Thursday. Two months and two days after t…

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WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday narrowly passed a budget blueprint that paves the way for a massive tax cut and the possible elimination of the state and local tax deduction that has given many New York homeowners a big break on their taxes. The budget never would have passed if not for Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins. The two Republicans who represent parts of…

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The Senate last week passed Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer's bill that aims to give after-school programs and children's groups access to federal background checks that could identify potential employees as convicted sex offenders. And on Wednesday, Schumer pressed the House to do the same. “The school bell has rung so it’s time for the House of Representativ…

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WASHINGTON — University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi traveled to the Capitol Wednesday to push for a bill that would allow 800,000 undocumented aliens who came to America as children to stay here — just as House Speaker Paul Ryan offered those "dreamers" new hope. Tripathi joined academic colleagues, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and other lawmakers at a Capito…

political notebook

It wasn't exactly a Hatfield/McCoy or Trump/Corker type of feud, but Rep. Tom Reed let loose against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles E. Schumer Tuesday regarding the argument that the New York's top two Democrats made a day earlier against changes to the state and local tax deduction. Reed, a Corning Republican who is drafting a tax-reform compromise in which that de…

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Brian Higgins may be known mostly for his effort to revive Buffalo's waterfront, but now he's taking on a much larger task: fixing the nation's health care system. The way to do it, the Buffalo Democrat said Tuesday, would be opening up Medicare — so any American shopping for health insurance could buy into what's now America's public health plan f…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins isn't exactly sticking to his guns. After accepting $5,000 in donations from the National Rifle Association between 2006 and 2012, the Democratic lawmaker from Buffalo announced on Facebook earlier this month that he now plans to donate that money to local and national organizations dedicated to fighting for what he called "common sens…

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Rep. Chris Collins  spent more money on lawyers in the past three months than he raised for his re-election campaign. But Collins no doubt got a substantial fundraising boost Tuesday when Vice President Pence traveled to Buffalo for a fundraiser for him at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. "Congressman Collins is raising more than $400,000 in one event with the vice pre…