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  • Joe Biden Shares the Truth: Dana Balter’s Radical Healthcare Plan Will Raise Taxes on Middle Class

    August 7th, 2020

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — Katko for Congress today released a new television advertisement, in which former Vice President and Democratic nominee for President, Joe Biden, shares the truth about the cost of Dana Balter’s Medicare-for-All scheme.

    Balter, an ardent support of Medicare-for-All, dishonestly claimed she won’t raise taxes on Central New Yorkers.  But, Joe Biden is upfront with voters: Medicare-for-All is a government takeover of healthcare that will cost 30 trillion dollars to implement, and raise taxes on the middle class.

    “Dana Balter’s radical government takeover of healthcare is too dangerous for even Joe Biden,” said Katko for Congress Campaign Manager Tom Haag.  “While Balter continues to lie about her plan to raise taxes, Joe Biden has shared the truth: Balter’s plan is preposterous, will raise taxes on middle class people, and have Washington dictating that you cannot keep your healthcare plan.  Dana Balter is way too extreme.”

    The ad is available here.  It will begin airing immediately on area broadcast and cable.


  • Dana Balter Caught in Another Lie

    July 25th, 2020

    Dishonest Dana Balter has been caught in another lie. This time, about her plan to raise taxes on families in Central New York to fund her radical government takeover of healthcare.  Katko for Congress today released a new television advertisement exposing Balter, behind closed doors, explaining how CNY families will have an increase in taxes if she is elected.

    Recently, Balter tried to tell voters she doesn’t want to raise their taxes. Unfortunately for Balter, she’s made her position blatantly clear behind closed doors, on a far-left podcast, and in local print: She will raise your taxes.  Dana Balter has long pledged to raise taxes on working class families to fund Medicare-for-All, which would cost trillions of dollars and raise taxes on every American. 

    Katko for Congress Campaign Manager Tom Haag said, “Dana Balter tried to hide her extreme agenda from Central New Yorkers, but was again caught lying.  Balter has said again and again that she wants to raise taxes on every family in our community.  Dana Balter is not only dangerous, but dishonest.  Voters simply cannot trust Dana Balter.”

    “Another Lie” will begin airing immediately on area broadcast and cable.  It can be accessed here.


  • Katko for Congress Reminds CNY: Dana Balter is Dangerous, Dishonest

    July 18th, 2020

    Syracuse, New York – Katko for Congress today released its second television advertisement, reminding Central New Yorkers about Dana Balter’s support of dangerous policies, and exposing her dishonest tactics.

    The ad highlights Balter’s dangerous support of trillions of new dollars in taxes, including Medicare-for-All, which would raise taxes on all Americans.  Balter unabashedly admits she would implement a new tax on every family to pay for the scheme — despite not paying her own taxes in Florida, and receiving a warrant for failure to do so.  The ad also emphasizes Balter’s support of extreme liberal policies, like Albany’s dangerous bail reform, which has been criticized by members of both parties for endangering our communities by releasing violent criminal defendants on pretrial release.

    Additionally, the ad fills in voters on what Dana Balter has been up to since her inaugural, failed run for Congress: Leading protests with her radical-left group of activists, and paying herself from her campaign. Already, Balter has been caught making dishonest claims in her recently released negative ad.

    The ad will begin airing immediately on area broadcast and cable.  It can be accessed here.  It will air simultaneously alongside “Most Bipartisan,” which was released last week and focuses on Congressman John Katko’s commitment to bipartisanship in Washington.


  • In First Ad, Katko Highlights Bipartisanship & Results

    July 7th, 2020

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — Katko for Congress today released its first television advertisement, highlighting Congressman John Katko’s commitment to bipartisanship and working across the aisle to produce results for Central New York.

    The television commercial features several local and national news reports about Katko’s work across party lines.  Since being elected to represent Central New York in Congress, Congressman Katko has consistently been named one of the most bipartisan and effective lawmakers by organizations such as the nonpartisan Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.  His bipartisan approach to governing has yielded significant results, as Katko has become one of the most productive members in the House, with over 35 bills passed by the House with several signed into law by Presidents from both parties. 

    The television ad will begin airing immediately on area broadcast and cable.  It can be accessed here


  • Katko: Balter Silent as Leaders in Her Party Call to Defund Police Departments

    June 8th, 2020

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — Congressman John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement:

    “The ongoing unrest in our country requires leadership, and willingness to work across party lines to accomplish meaningful reforms. The peaceful protests have forced an important conversation.  I called on the President to unify our nation, because I was disappointed with his response. I also know that there are real things we can do today that enjoy bipartisan support. “What I fear, is that the lack of response from government will lead to bad policy. There are few rational Americans who want to disband police agencies.  My opponent Dana Balter has been silent as leaders in her party call to defund police departments.  We live in a society where we can reform policing and address systematic racism, but it is not feasible to risk the safety of our community by eliminating police departments.  While national Democrats are urging the elimination of police departments, Dana Balter has remained silent.  Central New Yorkers deserve to know where she stands.”



    February 25th, 2020

    Syracuse, New York – The New York State Independence Party today announced its endorsement of Congressman John Katko in his campaign for re-election to serve as Representative for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

    The endorsement recognize’s Katko’s longstanding commitment to working across party lines to deliver results for Central New York.

    “Congressman Katko is a proven independent leader.  During his time in Congress, he has looked for every opportunity to work across the aisle to stand up for Central New Yorkers,” said Frank MacKay, Chairman of the New York State Independence Party. “From creating economic opportunities, to fighting the heroin epidemic, to addressing high water levels, Congressman Katko has a strong independent record and we need his continued leadership in Washington.”

    “I’m grateful to have once again earned the support of the New York State Independence Party,” said Congressman Katko.  “I’m proud to be consistently ranked one of the most independent and effective lawmakers in Congress, and believe that doing so has provided a unique ability to break through gridlock and advocate for the issues important to our community.”

    MacKay concluded, “At a time when we’re seeing the far left and far right dominate politics, Central New Yorkers are fortunate to have a Congressman who puts aside partisan politics to achieve results.  The Independence Party is proud to once again stand with John Katko in 2020.”



    February 14th, 2020

    LYONS, NEW YORK – Members of the Wayne County Republican Committee this evening unanimously endorsed Congressman John Katko for re-election to serve as Representative for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

    Chair MaryAnne Nicosia-McCarthy said, “Wayne County is proud to stand with John Katko as he works on our behalf in Washington to fight back against far-left and overreaching policies.  He’s a strong advocate on local issues, and our voice in Washington in the fight against Plan 2014.  Wayne County needs his continued leadership.”

    Congressman Katko said, “It is an honor to serve Wayne County in Congress — to fight on behalf of our local farmers and manufacturers, and to serve as a strong voice as we work to address the devastating flooding affecting our shoreline communities.  This work would not be possible without the unwavering support of Chair Nicosia-McCarthy and the Wayne County Republicans, and I’m humbled to again receive their endorsement.”

    With tonight’s endorsement, Congressman Katko has received the unanimous support of all four Republican Committees in the 24th Congressional District.



    February 8th, 2020

    AUBURN, NEW YORK – Congressman John Katko this morning received the unanimous endorsement of the Cayuga County Republican Committee for his re-election to serve as Representative for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

    Cayuga County Republican Chair Roberta Massarini said, “Cayuga County is proud to be represented by John Katko in Congress.  He is a leader in Washington on national security, works tirelessly to end the opioid epidemic, and is fighting back against far-left proposals which would cause every family in our community to pay more in taxes.  We are proud to stand with Congressman Katko in this fight.”

    “I’m grateful to have once again earned the support of the Cayuga County Republicans, and I share the goal of Chair Massarini and the Committee of growing our economy and working to create better opportunities for families in Cayuga County and throughout Central New York,” said Congressman Katko.  “I’m proud to work for Cayuga County to keep drinking water clean, provide resources to individuals struggling with opioid addiction, and ensure our farmers and local manufacturers can compete on a level playing field.”

    In addition to today’s endorsement, Congressman Katko has been unanimously endorsed by the Oswego and Onondaga County Republican Committees.  Wayne County Republicans will hold an endorsement meeting later this month.



    February 7th, 2020

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Congressman John Katko has again received the unwavering support of the Onondaga County Republican Committee.  The Committee unanimously endorsed Katko this evening for his re-election to serve as Representative for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

    Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey said, “With Democrats at all levels of government pushing out-of-touch policies, it is more important than ever that we elect representatives to fight back against costly and dangerous proposals like Medicare-for-All and bail reform.  Congressman Katko has always been a strong and effective leader for Central New York, and the Onondaga Committee stands firmly with him.  We are confident he will win re-election in November.”

    Congressman Katko said, “I am incredibly grateful for the continued and unwavering support of the Onondaga County Republican Committee.  I’m proud to work in Washington to advocate for local interests, like improving the economy, protecting our national security, addressing the heroin epidemic, and strengthening access to mental healthcare. We have so much more to do, and with the support of Chairman Dadey and the Onondaga County Republican Committee, I am confident we will continue to accomplish results for Central New York.” 

    Congressman Katko has been unanimously endorsed by the Oswego County Republican Committee.  The Cayuga and Wayne County Republicans will hold endorsement meetings this month.


  • Statement from Congressman Katko in Response to Dana Balter & Francis Conole on the Killing of Qasem Soleimani

    January 3rd, 2020

    Congressman Katko released the following statement in response to Dana Balter’s and Francis Conole’s statements on the killing of Qasem Soleimani:

    “Like most independent military leaders, I fundamentally disagree with Dana Balter and Francis Conole. President Trump made a difficult decision quickly, and our men and women in uniform executed a warranted strike against a terrorist who was sent to Iraq to attack US interests. The world is a safer place without him. 

    “What’s troubling is how swift the extreme elements of the Democratic party can be when they spot an opportunity to divide Americans. Presidents of both parties often act without a full understanding of the consequences in order to bring enemies of the United States to justice. Violating Pakistani sovereignty and taking out Bin Laden carried enormous risk. The execution of Anwar al-Awlaki, a terrorist, and U.S. citizen, was also an unprecedented choice. In these cases, both parties rallied around President Obama to show support for the Commander-In-chief at a time of war. 

    “Conole’s statement shows the type of candidate he will be. He agrees with the result of the strike, but will find any opportunity to criticize the President. This is a far cry from the candidate who pledged to work across the aisle and show independence from Party.”