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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today released its fifth television advertisement highlighting Congressman John Katko’s commitment to fighting for local issues, like ensuring clean and accessible water for Central New York families.
The thirty-second spot, entitled “What I’m Focused On,” is narrated by Congressman John Katko. The ad can be accessed here. A transcript is below:
“Dangerous toxins have threatened our fresh water lakes.
“Our lakes aren’t just treasures because of their beauty — they provide our drinking water.
“We bathe in it, and make baby formula with it. Our children and families rely on it.
“Working as a moderate in a hyper-partisan Congress can be frustrating.
“But finding solutions to local challenges like water quality is why I continue this fight.
“I’m John Katko. I approve this message, because this is where I grew up and this is what I’m focused on.”
The television commercial begins airing immediately on area broadcast and cable. The ad will run simultaneously with “Talk About Taxes.”
Syracuse, NY– MANUPAC, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Inc. Political Action Committee, today released a joint announcement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announcing their endorsement of John Katko for Congress in New York’s 24th congressional district. The two organizations endorse candidates based on their records on issues critical to economic growth, including regulatory reform, taxes, infrastructure, domestic energy production, and free trade. The announcement was made today amongst community and business leaders at MACNY member Air Innovation, located at 700 Performance Drive in Syracuse.
Mike Wetzel, President of Air Innovations stated, “On behalf of Air Innovations, we are both pleased and honored to host today’s MACNY and US Chamber endorsement for Congressman John Katko. In order for any business to grow, it needs to be allowed to operate and expand in a stable business climate. John has been instrumental in advocating for lower taxes, improved infrastructure and repeal of many regulatory burdens that impact businesses like ours, and we are fortunate to have him in Washington representing our best interests”
MANUPAC Chairman Nathan Andrews stated, “On behalf of MANUPAC and MACNY, I am pleased to be standing here today recognizing Congressman John Katko as our endorsed candidate for the 24th Congressional district. The past two years, our MACNY membership and the Board at large has appreciated a terrific working relationship with John and his staff. When John has had significant votes come up, he has done exactly what we want in a Representative of our region: he reaches out to those who it will impact, including us, asks for our input, and then thoughtfully makes a decision on how to vote that will best serve his district and our needs. John’s clear commitment to our region and his understanding of the Federal process and issues that impact our sector are what make John the best candidate to serve our region. We are pleased to be here endorsing John, and thank him for his clear commitment to both the region and the manufacturing sector as a whole.”
Stephen McAllister, U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated, “The U.S. Chamber is proud to stand with the Central New York business community and MACNY to support John Katko. Katko has earned a reputation as an independent leader who continues to get things done — from cutting excessive red tape on small businesses, to spearheading legislation to fix our broken roads and bridges, to creating a tax environment for job creators to hire and grow. We’re honored to highlight his record and endorse him here today.”
“On behalf of the Manufacturing Community we are pleased to be standing here today at Air Innovations supporting John Katko for Congress,” stated Randy Wolken, President & CEO of MACNY – The Manufacturers Association. “During John’s time in Congress, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, to include the hard-working manufacturing community. This coupled with his pro-growth agenda is best suited for the needs of our region’s manufacturing and business community. The past four years, John has exemplified a pro-jobs and pro-business representative and has championed many of the pieces of legislation that are critical to foster growth and a better business climate for manufacturers. Most recently, his efforts on tax reform and infrastructure investment which are both key issues for manufacturers. On behalf of the manufacturers, I am pleased to be giving John our endorsement for the 24th congressional district.”
“I’m honored to have earned the strong support of the local manufacturers and small businesses represented by MACNY and the U.S. Chamber. Since coming to Congress, I have prioritized creating an environment in which our local businesses can grow, thrive, and create greater opportunities for the hardworking men and women they employ,” said Congressman Katko. “Following passage of tax reform and regulatory relief this Congress, we’ve seen spurred economic growth nationwide with businesses expanding operations and families taking home more of what they earn. I’ll continue to work in Washington to ensure local businesses, like Air Innovations, can compete on the world stage and continue making investments in employees.”
During the 115th Congress, Congressman John Katko received a 93% ranking in the U.S. Chamber’s annual How They Voted scorecard. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
MACNY, the Manufacturers Association, represents over 330 companies in a nineteen county region in Upstate New York. The 105-year-old organization provides human resource services, training, purchasing solutions, networking opportunities and advocacy support for its members.
SYRACUSE, NY – Visiting Assistant Professor Dana Balter has refused to tell Central New York voters who she supports in the Democratic Primary for Governor.
Katko for Congress campaign manager Jeff Bishop today released the following statement:
“Dana Balter has been talking for over a year about openness and transparency, but thinks its appropriate to hide how she votes. On Primary Day, voters deserve to know whether Dana Balter stands with the corrupt and irresponsible pay-to-play politics of Andrew Cuomo — who bankrolled her campaign — or with the progressive and wildly out-of-touch leftist policies touted by Cynthia Nixon. Now that she’s cast her vote, will Dana Balter finally tell Central New Yorkers where her loyalties lie?”
SYRACUSE, New York — Following a demonstration yesterday at Lockheed Martin organized by the “CNY Solidarity Coalition,” a radical progressive group founded by Dana Balter, Katko for Congress Campaign Manager Jeff Bishop released the following statement:
“Lockheed Martin is one of the largest employers in our region, providing good paying jobs and supporting hundreds of families. This week the far-left CNY Solidarity Coalition – an activist group founded by Visiting Professor Dana Balter – stood outside of Lockheed Martin in protest of the hardworking men and women employed there. Central New Yorkers deserve to know if Dana Balter will stand up for this historic Syracuse employer, or if she’ll stand with her radical, out-of-touch organization instead. If Dana Balter is serious about representing Central New York families in Congress, she’ll step down from this organization and denounce its disturbing activism.”
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today announced Congressman John Katko will participate in a four-county motorcycle town hall tour on Saturday, August 25th.
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Congressman John Katkowas first elected in November 2014 to represent the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.
August 16, 2018
Syracuse, New York — Congressman John Katko today vehemently denounced the comment made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that “America was never that great” and called on his opponent to speak out against the shameful statement and return the corporate PAC dollars she has received from the Governor. He released the following statement:
“Governor Cuomo’s comment was inherently un-American and there is no excuse for it.
“My opponent has been bankrolled by Andrew Cuomo’s dark money, and today refused to condemn the Governor’s disgraceful comment. Any candidate for public office should stand up in the face of such a blatant, politically motivated attack on our nation and demand an apology from the Governor.
“Central New Yorkers now deserve to know if Dana Balter will return Cuomo’s dark money, or if she’ll continue to stand blindly beside him.”
April 4, 2018
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – The Katko for Congress campaign today announced that the New York State Reform Party has once again endorsed Congressman John Katko in his campaign for re-election in the 24th Congressional District.
The New York State Reform Party issued the following statement in endorsement of Congressman Katko, “At a time when public cynicism is at an all-time high and confidence in government is at an all-time low, Congressman Katko represents the best aspects of government today. He’s a public servant in the truest sense of the word. Not only does he deliver for his constituents, but he has demonstrated independence and a willingness to stand up to special interests. A vote for him on the Reform Party line isn’t just a vote for a great Congressman, it’s an opportunity to send a message with your vote.”
“It is my honor to receive the strong support of the Reform Party,” said Congressman Katko.“When I first ran for Congress, I left a 20-year career as a federal prosecutor because I was frustrated with the inaction in Washington and knew that if I wanted to see real change for my children and for future generations that I needed to get off the sidelines and do something about it. Since being elected to represent New York’s 24th Congressional District, I’ve fought through that gridlock and dysfunction to deliver bipartisan results for our community. Because of that record, I’m honored and humbled to have once again received the support of the New York State Reform Party. I share their commitment to working across party lines to get things done, addressing our nation’s growing deficit, and ensuring greater transparency in government.”
The Reform Party of New York State represents the interests of voters who are concerned with out-of-control spending, growing budget deficits, an unsustainable national debt, as well as gross mismanagement in government and unethical behavior from elected representatives. The Reform Party believes that our government functions best when it lives within its means, sets reasonable and common-sense objectives and implements sound policy.
February 26 , 2018
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today announced that the New York State Independence Party has endorsed Congressman John
The endorsement recognizes Congressman Katko’s commitment to working across party lines to produce results for his district.
“Since taking office in 2015, John Katko has demonstrated that he is the independent, forward-thinking leader the people of Central New York deserve,” said Frank MacKay, Chairman of the New York State Independence Party. “We’ve stood with John in his two prior races for Congress, and we’re very proud to endorse him again this year,” MacKay continued.
“I am honored and humbled to have once again earned the support of the New York State Independence Party,” said Congressman Katko. “Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked to be an independent voice for individuals and families in Central New York. I will continue to work to fight through gridlock and advance bipartisan reforms on the issues that matter most to our community.”
Congressman John Katko was elected in November 2014 to represent 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.
February 10, 2018
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK– This morning, at the nominating meeting of the Onondaga County Republican Committee, Congressman John Katko (NY-24) was unanimously endorsed in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The Onondaga County Republican Committee is proud to once again support Congressman John Katko,” said Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey. “Congressman Katko is fighting for Central New York’s interests in Washington and has consistently delivered results for our community. He fought to ensure local interests were protected in reforming our tax code, has worked tirelessly to end the heroin epidemic, and is a leader on national security and infrastructure. We’re proud to have one of the most productive members of Congress serving our community in Congress and look forward to delivering another overwhelming victory for Congressman Katko in November.”
“I’m humbled to once again receive such a strong showing of support from Chairman Dadey and the Onondaga County Committee,” said Congressman Katko. “Onondaga County deserves strong leadership in Washington, and I’ve worked to deliver results for our community. I’m honored to have once again been given this opportunity to serve Central New York.”
Congressman Katko was unanimously endorsed by the Wayne County Republican Committee earlier this week.
Congressman John Katko was first elected in November 2014 to represent 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County
February 8, 2018
Lyons, New York – This evening, at the nominating meeting of the Wayne County Republican Committee, Congressman John Katko (NY-24) was unanimously endorsed in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Tonight, the Wayne County Republican Committee was proud to once again endorse our Congressman, John Katko, in his re-election bid,” said Wayne County Republican Chairman Bob Oaks. “Congressman Katko has always looked out for Wayne County’s best interest on a federal level, and has developed a strong legislative record on the issues that matter most to our community. We appreciate his efforts to keep our country safe, combat the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic, and fight for local farmers and manufacturers, as well as our vast veterans community. We look forward to re-electing Congressman Katko this November.”
“I am continually grateful for the support and encouragement of Chairman Oaks and the Wayne County Committee,” said Congressman John Katko. “I’m proud to advocate for Wayne County’s interests in Washington and have consistently stood up for our region’s farmers and growers, been a vocal opponent in the fight against Plan 2014, and worked to strengthen our local economy. I will continue to stand up for all of Wayne County in Washington.”
Congressman John Katko was first elected in November 2014 to represent 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.
”You and I do a better job spending the money we earn than the government does.” - John Katko
”The best way to increase federal tax revenues is to increase the number of working Americans who actually pay taxes. New job creation and your job security will always be my top priority.” - John Katko
”Social Security and Medicare are a sacred promise that must be honored, but at the same time we must begin to address retirement and healthcare security for future generations of American workers.” - John Katko
”What gets taught, how, and when in our public schools are decisions best made by classroom teachers and education professionals on the local and state level, not by federal bureaucrats.” - John Katko
“And Washington exists to work for us, not the other way around.” - John Katko
“Central New York job creation and your job security – not mine – will be my number one priority in Washington.” - John Katko
“I’ve spent my entire professional life protecting Central New York families and bringing justice to those who break the law. Help me take that real world experience to Congress.” - John Katko
“As a first time candidate for elective office, I have the independence and bipartisan experience to change Washington.” - John Katko
“Robin and I love living and raising our boys in Central New York, and the day-to-day experiences we share here at home will make me a better representative for you in Washington.” - John Katko
“We need a fairer, simpler, less onerous tax code in America. One that doesn’t punish success, encourage offshore investment, or break the backs of middle class Central New Yorkers.” - John Katko
John’s wife Robin is an RN with experience in pediatrics and women’s health.
John worked his way through law school selling insurance and painting houses.
John’s career as a federal prosecutor has taken him into courtrooms around the country and classrooms around the world.
John has received high honors from multiple Attorneys General and the Director of the FBI.
John and Robin first met at Niagara University on Robin’s second day of college… and have been together ever since.
A lifelong sportsman, John remains an active hunter and fisherman today.
An avid hockey player in high school and college, John has coached all three sons.