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Jerry Zremski - Washington, DC

Jerry Zremski is The Buffalo News' Washington bureau chief. A News staffer since 1984, he won the David Lynch Memorial Reporting Award for regional coverage of Congress in 2017.


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WASHINGTON – President Trump appeared to speak volumes about his relationship with then-Rep. Chris Collins in a speech on Long Island in July 2017. "Chris – right from the beginning, he said Trump is gonna win," the president said as the first Republican House member to endorse him looked on, one face in a crowd of thousands. "Trump is gonna win. So I like him. I didn't…

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President Trump and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo met Thursday – but failed to resolve their standoff over New York's law blocking the Department of Homeland Security from seeing state Department of Motor Vehicles records. That means New Yorkers remain barred from joining or renewing their memberships in trusted traveler programs such as NEXUS, which many Western New Yorkers rel…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump released his proposed fiscal 2021 budget earlier this week, and it offered what his earlier budgets suggested, only more so. It proposes slashing or ending programs that are hugely important to Western New York – from Medicare and Medicaid to home heating assistance and urban development programs. And while Trump has reversed course and v…

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WASHINGTON – The Shakespearean drama of Chris Collins' downfall didn't really end when a federal judge handed him a 26-month prison sentence in January. In fact, some earlier chapters in that drama never were fully written until now, largely because they took place in Australia and New Zealand. That's about 9,000 miles from the White House lawn where, via cellphone in J…

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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made clear Sunday that one of Rep. Brian Higgins' top priorities – a massive infusion of federal funding to rebuild America – is one of her top priorities, too. Pelosi spoke at a National Governors Association event with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The two longtime politicians made no mention of the top Washington issues of las…

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WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday tried pinning New York's trusted travel debacle on Rep. Tom Reed and one of his Republican colleagues from Long Island. But Reed, a Corning Republican, was having none of it. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, got the tussle started a day earlier when he referenced Reed and Rep. Lee Zel…

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WASHINGTON – The governor of New York says the Trump administration is engaging in "extortion" by blocking state residents from enrolling in federal trusted traveler programs. The federal government says New York state is endangering public safety by blocking Department of Homeland Security officials from seeing state driving records. And according to customs agents,…

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New York State plans to sue the federal government in hopes of reversing the Department of Homeland Security policy blocking New Yorkers from applying for or renewing their memberships in trusted traveler programs, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday. "We believe this was arbitrary and capricious," Cuomo said at a press event in New York City. "We believe it's illegal…

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A slow-moving disaster is set to unfold along the U.S.-Canadian border in the wake of a new Trump administration policy that will, over five years, block all New Yorkers from using trusted traveler programs that have eased cross-border journeys for years. At least that's what people who know the border well think. "It's literally a killer for the border," Ron Rienas,…

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The Trump administration changed the rules for cross-border travel late Wednesday when it stopped taking applications from New Yorkers for trusted traveler programs such as NEXUS and Global Entry. But the new Department of Homeland Security policy also left plenty of questions to be answered. Here's a look at some of those key questions and what we know about the answer…

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WASHINGTON – About 175,000 New York residents will be cut off from federal trusted traveler programs by the end of 2020 thanks to a new federal policy enacted in reaction to a new state law allowing undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday. Those New Yorkers are due to renew their memberships in programs such …

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WASHINGTON – The country – or at least its elective representatives – didn't seem unified at Tuesday night's State of the Union address, what with President Trump refusing to shake the hand of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pelosi ripping a copy of Trump's speech in half at the end. But beyond those theatrics lies one truth: Trump's speech was full of information that w…

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WASHINGTON – A top player on President Trump's anti-impeachment team – and the latest possible candidate for Congress in New York's 27th Congressional District – made his political debut at the age of 13 when then-President Bill Clinton came to Buffalo. "Impeach the president!" Jeff Freeland shouted as his Lewiston-Porter Middle School classmates waited outside Marine M…

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Chris Collins made much of his status as an Eagle Scout both before and after a judge sent him to prison for 26 months for masterminding an insider-trading scheme. But Collins didn't mention that among the many illustrious Americans who achieved scouting's high honor are a number of other Eagles who ended up as, well, jailbirds. Look no further than the ultimate Wash…

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WASHINGTON – Direct flights from Buffalo to San Francisco could become a reality if Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer gets his way. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he is pressing JetBlue and United Airlines to add a flight between Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the San Francisco Bay area. “Buffalo’s tech sector is in the midst of serious expansi…