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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 – Chris Collins' pet Australian biotech firm found itself starving to death in December 2013, so the Republican lawmaker from Clarence fed it $1.3 million of his own money. That's no surprise, given the passion Collins showered on Innate Immunotherapeutics. It was a passion so deep that that Collins often said he talked about Innate as if it were one of …

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WASHINGTON — To hear Rep. Chris Collins' top political aide tell it, the most important part of an ethics report on his boss was the part that wasn't included. Nowhere in the 29-page Office of Congressional Ethics report is there any claim or any evidence that Collins wrote legislation on behalf of Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Australian biotech firm in which he is …

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WASHINGTON – New York's Essential Plan – which offers low- cost health insurance to more than 19,000 people in metro Buffalo and more than 665,000 statewide – faces a grave future thanks to President Trump's late-night move to stop paying Obamacare insurers their federal subsidies starting next Wednesday. Trump's executive order aiming to restructure the market fo…

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WASHINGTON – There is "a substantial reason to believe" that Rep. Chris Collins violated federal law by touting the stock of an obscure Australian biotech firm based on inside information, while also possibly breaking House ethics rules by persuading National Institutes of Health officials to meet with a staffer from that company. Those were the key conclusions of an …

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Buffalo is short a federal judge, and the local U.S. attorney's office does its work with an interim leader. It's all because of the Trump administration's slowness in making appointments and a dispute over how much of a say Democratic senators should have in the appointments. Now that dispute has moved into a new, more ominous phase, thanks to Senate Majority Leader Mi…

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Rep. Brian Higgins, who has long been among the most sartorially adventurous members of the House, can be seen these days sporting shoes that were much more popular among 1990s grunge rockers than they ever were with members of Congress. Beneath his blue pinstriped suit on Wednesday, the Buffalo Democrat wore a pair of brown Dr. Martens shoes, replete with their tradema…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump Wednesday continued to threaten to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement --even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed that changes could improve it and as lawmakers such as Rep. Tom Reed of Corning pushed for provisions that would benefit farmers in New York State. Trump and Trudeau met at the White House. The presid…

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It usually doesn't garner Rep. Chris Collins any headlines, but the Republican from Clarence has been a big booster of the Boy Scouts for several years. And this past weekend, he contributed again, meeting with Boy Scouts at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site for its Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Day program. And he left them with a less…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Washington this week, and while his full schedule hasn't been released, it includes a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means Committee -- including Reps. Brian Higgins and Tom Reed. Trudeau will be in town to press his nation's concerns about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Pre…

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, who seemingly can't let a couple weeks go by without visiting Western New York, will travel to Lewiston on Monday to talk about one of the region's most persistent issues: toxic waste. The New York Democrat will meet with local officials and demand that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency return to the region to expedite t…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins built a political career on his reputation as a successful businessman – and he never stopped being a businessman. Proof can be found in his most recent personal financial disclosure statement and those of the other 434 members of the House. Those documents and follow-up reporting show:  Collins, a Republican from Clarence, is…

Rep. Tom Reed is known more for his nice-guy persona than his ability as a bare-knuckles political brawler, but he took an uncharacteristic swipe Thursday at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “It is disappointing that Andrew Cuomo would politicize the tragedy in Las Vegas to promote himself and blame Republicans,” Reed, a Corning Republican, said in a statement issued by his ca…

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WASHINGTON — Congress went on rewind this week, replaying the gun control arguments raised after every mass shooting in recent years. But congressional sources said Tuesday that this week's mass shooting in Las Vegas already sparked one legislative change. The tragedy appears to have stalled Republicans — such as Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence — who want to furthe…

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One last night at Mandalay Bay turned into a long night of fear Sunday for Ernest and Christine Fitzner Catuzza of Amherst, who checked in to the Las Vegas hotel the same day as the man who would perpetrate the biggest mass shooting in American history checked into a room 12 floors above them. The Catuzzas and hundreds of others were told to flee the Mandalay Bay casino…

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WASHINGTON -- Aviation safety rules stemming from a 2009 plane crash in Clarence will survive for another six months thanks to congressional action late Thursday. Both houses of Congress reauthorized funding for Federal Aviation Administration programs -- including those safety rules -- through March 2018. The funding was set to expire Sunday. Lawmakers couldn't agre…