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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.


Returning from a trip to Eastern Europe, Rep. John J. LaFalce lashed out Friday at an international lending institution headed by former Western New York Rep. Barber B. Conable Jr., saying the World Bank isn't doing enough to aid Poland."It's mind-boggling to me why the World Bank hasn't followed up" on the situation in Poland, which first requested loans from the wor…

New York State joined with California on Thursday to present the Senate with a tough proposal that would require automakers to sell alternative-fuel vehicles in the nation's most polluted areas.Thomas C. Jorling, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and California officials presented the plan to the Senate subcommittee on enviro…

It's true, war is hell. Witness these scenes from the battlefield:At 8:30 on a Tuesday night, a teen-ager in sweats and sunglasses bounces down New Hampshire Avenue in the city's tony West End, boxing with an unseen opponent. He's cursing the guy, throwing hard rights and left hooks, and laughing like the Joker. People walk by and pretend not to notice.At 7 p.m. on a …

By the time Joseph was 9 months old, he had survived a drug-addict mother, an alcoholic grandmother and an abusive foster parent who nearly let him starve to death.But now, at the age of 13 months, he has a good place to live -- and to die.Joseph, who is now happy and well-fed and partial to showing off a broad grin to anyone who looks down into his playpen, was expos…

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, will lead a congressional tour of Eastern Europe that will begin New Year's Day.LaFalce said his tentative itinerary calls for the delegation of about 15 members of Congress to visit Warsaw, Poland; Prague, Czechoslovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Berlin between Jan. 1 and 12."These are the hot spots, wher…

The federal government Wednesday released its annual mortality statistics for Medicare patients at the nation's hospitals, prompting an outcry from Buffalo-area hospital officials who say the statistics are misleading.No Western New York hospitals had death rates for Medicare patients that exceeded the expected range last year, according to the 1988 Medical Hospital M…

The federal government Wednesday released its annual mortality statistics for Medicare patients at the nation's hospitals, prompting an outcry from Buffalo-area hospital officials who say the statistics are misleading.No Western New York hospitals had death rates for Medicare patients that exceeded the expected range last year, according to the 1988 Medical Hospital M…

Thanks in part to the help of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, the wife of a prominent Ukrainian dissident has been allowed to travel to the United States for cancer treatment.Olha Horyn, wife of former Soviet political prisoner Mykhailo Horyn, arrived in New York on Saturday, 10 months after she requested an exit visa from Soviet authorities. The visa was granted s…

Warning: If you buy Christmas Ball Boxer Shorts, or a Ho-Ho (and Oh- Oh) Holiday Toilet Seat Cover, you might fry when your time on earth has expired.At least that seems to be what they think at Citizens for God and Country, self-proclaimed defenders of Christian ethics in government.The wrath of God has been stirred inside Citizens for God and Country, a McLean, Va.-…

And lo, Michael the Archangel did come down from on high, bearing a semi-automatic weapon, and he did slay the drug trafficker right well.No, this is not a passage from the New Testament. It's the scene depicted on a Christmas card sent nationwide by a prominent opponent of gun control.John Michael Snyder, director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and B…

The City of Salamanca -- a tenant on an Indian reservation -- has made substantial progress on a new lease agreement with the Seneca Indian Nation. But the two sides remain far apart on the key issue of the city's annual rental payments to the tribe.Sources close to the negotiations say that the two sides:Agree that their deal should include an up-front payment to the…

The six members of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics are sometimes jokingly referred to as "the cowardly lions."But now, facing ethics complaints against an unprecedented seven senators -- including Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y. -- those lions might turn vicious after all."There used to be a tendency to ignore (ethical problems in the Senate), but now there's a dif…

The Bush administration -- not Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y. -- apparently will have the greatest say as to who will be named to a vacant U.S. District Court judgeship in Western New York.Senators traditionally have been given the patronage power to suggest candidates for the federal bench, but the Bush administration has changed that policy, asking senators for at lea…