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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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Tracy Mitrano, Rep. Tom Reed's once and perhaps future Democratic campaign opponent in a Southern Tier congressional district, said she's "disappointed but not surprised" that the Republican congressman from Corning is supporting President Trump's withdrawal of troops from Syria. “Reed makes half-hearted attempts to distance himself from Trump administration policies, w…

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Two-thirds of his own House Republican colleagues disagree, but Rep. Tom Reed of Corning Thursday insisted that President Trump did the right thing in withdrawing American troops from Syria. "When President Obama was in office and seeking to put boots on the ground in Syria, I did not see the mission there, and I did not support the boots on the ground in Syria at that …

Crime

WASHINGTON – New York State now has a law that could spell further legal danger to people who President Trump might pardon. That list will not include felons such as former Rep. Chris Collins. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced that he had signed a bill that narrows the state's protections against double jeopardy, which is the prosecution of a person twice f…

Courts

WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Chris Collins' guilty plea to two felony insider trading charges left him with one last-ditch hope: His friend in the White House could pardon him. Will he? Only President Trump – if he is even thinking about it – knows for sure. There's no doubt, though, that people in metro Buffalo are thinking about it, and there is no doubt that it's a…

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WASHINGTON – Western New York's remaining federal lawmakers have a message for the residents of former Rep. Chris Collins' 27th congressional district: You're not really totally without a congressman. Staffers for the House members from the three districts that surround the one Collins represented until his resignation said this week that they are happy to help Colli…

Courts

WASHINGTON – The Democrat who narrowly lost to then-Rep. Chris Collins last November on Wednesday asked the judge in the former lawmaker's insider trading case to give him a tough sentence – and take back his congressional salary and pension. In a letter to U.S. Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick, Nate McMurray – who plans on running for Collins' open seat in an upcoming s…

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WASHINGTON – Veterans will gather in Corfu Wednesday afternoon to hear the latest about the region's new veterans cemetery – including some more bad news about yet another delay. While the first phase of the cemetery project will result in burials starting late next year, the second – originally said to follow the first by only months – now won't be under construction u…

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand is set to hold a town hall meeting with constituents at the Buffalo Irish Center Wednesday afternoon, and that's nothing unusual for her – or for Rep. Tom Reed. They both have held regular freewheeling meetings with constituents for years. But holding town hall meetings is plenty unusual for other local members of Congress. Rep…

Courts

WASHINGTON – Former Rep. Chris Collins Monday sent an email to friends and associate asking them to reach out to the judge in his insider trading case and argue for leniency. But longtime Collins critics plan on writing to the judge, too – to press for just the opposite. That means U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick is likely to get radically different por…

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Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand will hold a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. The senator's office said the event is "a part of her commitment to hearing from as many New Yorkers as possible." A New York Democrat, Gillibrand will take questions on issues ranging from health care to jobs and the economy. Gillibrand's Buffal…

Clarence

WASHINGTON – Chris Collins faces a likely criminal sentence of up to 57 months in federal prison, but his troubles don't begin and end there. Collins also likely faces fines of tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, as do his son and his son's future father-in-law. And that's not even taking into account what they might have to pay to settle a separate civil l…

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NEW YORK – Like father, like son. Just as former Rep. Chris Collins showed no emotion when pleading guilty to felony insider trading charges, neither did his son Cameron. But the face and voice of Cameron Collins' future father-in-law told a much different story. Moments after Cameron Collins pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fra…

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NEW YORK – They complained about then-Rep. Chris Collins long before prosecutors did. And on Wednesday, a day after the Clarence Republican pleaded guilty to two felony insider trading charges and resigned in disgrace, many of the people who were on to Collins early said they were glad to see justice being done. "My first reaction was relief, followed almost immediat…

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NEW YORK – Former Rep. Chris Collins Tuesday pleaded guilty to two felony counts tied to an insider trading scheme in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to spend up to 57 months in federal prison. In doing so, Collins – whose resignation from Congress took effect Tuesday – essentially admitted he had been lying when he insisted for the past 14 months that he was…

Crime

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins breezed through "Buffalo Nite in Washington" last week as if it were just any other Buffalo Nite. He gripped. He grinned. He noted that the chicken wings seemed better this year than they were in earlier years. Then, later in the week, he went to his office in the Rayburn House Office Building and collected some of his most prized persona…