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Jerry Zremski - Washington, DC

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.


Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan had a subdued reaction Wednesday to President Bush's veiled criticism of the senator's proposal to cut the Social Security tax.Moments after hearing the president's State of the Union address, the New York Democrat said he agreed -- in a way -- with Bush's opinion that "the last thing we need to do is mess around with Social Security."Moyn…

A leading environmental group complained Tuesday about a federal policy that would have fewer waste cleanups begin in fiscal 1991, despite a $209.8 million increase in the Superfund budget.Steve Lester, science director for the Citizens Clearinghouse for Hazardous Waste, said he is opposed to the policy."The system should be continuous and not allowed to break down," …

A top Interior Department official said Monday that federal funding to settle the Seneca Indian Nation's lease negotiations with the City of Salamanca would not be budgeted until the State of New York agrees to help pay for such a settlement.Eddie Frank Brown, assistant secretary for Indian affairs, said the Interior Department considers the Salamanca situation a "loc…

Despite a proposed $209.8 million increase in spending, the federal Superfund hazardous-waste program will begin work on far fewer new cleanup projects during fiscal 1991, an Environmental Protection Agency official said Monday.Thaddeus L. Juszczac Jr., director of the resource management staff at the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, said the Superf…

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base looks like a winner in a Defense Department budget that includes a lot of losers.The fiscal 1991 spending plan, announced by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney Monday, calls for $4.5 million in funding for additional construction at the Niagara Falls base.In contrast, Cheney also introduced a plan Monday that would result in the closing o…

The race to unseat Sen. Alfonse D'Amato appears to have begun almost two years early, with several prominent Democrats announcing potential bids and Republicans concerned about a possible primary threat to the incumbent senator in 1992.This month, Geraldine Ferraro, a former vice presidential candidate, and State Attorney General Robert Abrams formally joined a long l…

A major environmental group Thursday gave members of Congress from Western New York mixed grades for their votes in 1989.The leaders were Reps. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, and Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, who voted pro-environment 90 percent of the time in 1989, according to a study by the League of Conservation Voters.The pro-environment voting record of Rep. John…

American banks are losing so much ground to foreign competitors that "our position as a major financial center could be in jeopardy," Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, said Tuesday.LaFalce, chairman of a House Banking Committee Task Force on the International Competitiveness of U.S. Financial Institutions, said those competitiveness problems are primarily of …

About 650 anti-abortion protesters from Western New York gathered in the nation's capital today to take part in a march marking the 17th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.Approximately 575 of the protesters began the day at a Buffalo Regional Right to Life Inc. breakfast at the Hyatt Regency, featuring an address by Rep. Robert K. …

New federal clean air legislation could cost New York State's economy approximately $2.14 billion a year.But not cleaning up the air would leave the state facing annual health costs estimated at $2.83 billion.That's the bottom line of two opposing studies released last week in conjunction with the lobbying effort on amendments to the Clean Air Act, which the Senate is…

Environmental Protection Agency administrator William K. Reilly will decide within three weeks whether to block the possible resettlement of Love Canal, environmental activist Lois Gibbs said Friday.Emerging from a meeting with Reilly, Ms. Gibbs said the EPA chief had not indicated his feelings on the resettlement issue. But she said Reilly "seemed somewhat open to ou…

General Motors Corp.'s Harrison Radiator Division facility in Lockport ranks as the sixth worst polluter in a "Who's Who of American Ozone Depleters" released Tuesday.According to the study, released by the National Resources Defense Council, the Harrison operation emitted 720,000 pounds of the compound known as chlorofluorocarbon-113, or Freon, during 1987. Harrison …

At age 63, Rep. Amory Houghton Jr., R-Corning, finds himself back at school during congressional recess, campaigning the endless campaign.At 8:30 on a gray winter morning, Houghton's 29-foot camper pulls into the parking lot of Salamanca High School, his first stop in a long day of getting back in touch with the people who elected him.This is the sort of thing congres…

Less than six months after it began, the thrift-industry bailout is starting to run out of money, leaving banking experts wondering how and when the government will deal with huge, insolvent institutions such as Buffalo's Empire of America Federal Savings Bank.For months, banking sources have been predicting that the federal Office of Thrift Supervision would place Em…