SYRACUSE, NY – For months, members of the far-left have continued a push to dismantle local police departments, while Congressman Katko, local elected officials, law enforcement in Central New York, and sensible local Democrats like Anthony Brindisi have vocally opposed it.
Katko for Congress today called on Dana Balter to stand up to the extremists in her party. To date, Balter has refused to do this. During a local debate, instead of firmly denouncing the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, Dana Balter made excuses. She proposes preventing police from responding to 911 calls involving domestic violence, drugs, and mental health emergencies, stating that police officers are ‘not qualified.’
In light of Balter’s failure to denounce defunding the police, Tom Haag, Campaign Manager for Katko for Congress, released the following statement:
“Local elected officials, law enforcement, and sensible CNY Democrats like Anthony Brindisi have been firm in their criticism of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement. It’s an extreme, far-left proposal that would strip law enforcement of the resources they need to keep Central New Yorkers safe. It’s no surprise that Dana Balter, who supports Albany’s dangerous bail reform law, would also stand idle as her party moves to undermine the brave men and women who serve and protect our community. Time and time again, Dana Balter chooses to stand with the far-left, instead of Central New York.”