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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 – 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 We…

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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 replacemen…

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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 taxpa…

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 Ways …

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 p…

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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 even…

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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 wee…

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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 made those com…

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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 New…

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 mos…

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 Conservative from…

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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 now ca…

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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 Democrats w…

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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 hired …