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  • CENTRAL NEW YORK LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDS WITH KATKO

    Syracuse, New York – Standing at the Police Memorial at Forman Park in Syracuse this morning, law enforcement unions from across the 24th Congressional District announced support for Congressman John Katko’s re-election campaign.

    Endorsements were announced from the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association, the Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Association, the Syracuse Firefighter AssociationAuburn Police Local 195,the City of Oswego Police Union, the Upstate Police Benevolent Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association.

    “For nearly twenty years, I worked with the brave men and women of our law enforcement to help keep our community safe. I am humbled and honored to receive their endorsement today,” said Congressman John Katko.  “Their work is more important now than ever, as we continue to see an increase in violence across our community.  As a prosecutor working alongside the Gang Violence Task Force, curbing violence was a top priority for me.  Now, in Congress, I’m fighting to ensure funding is available to keep these types of programs in place.  I’m also prioritizing efforts to combat the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic plaguing our community, and pushing national security reforms through Congress to keep our country safe.  Our local law enforcement and first responders put their own lives on the line each day and I am proud to fight for their interests in Congress.”

    “As a federal organized crime prosecutor, John Katko worked alongside the men and women of the Syracuse Police Department for 16 years, fighting to improve the safety and stability of our community.  In Washington, Congressman Katko has led the House of Representatives in its battle against the opioid epidemic that is crippling our country.  John has continued to prioritize our community’s best interests and ending the devastation opioids have caused many, many families would be tremendous for all U.S. citizens,” said Jeffrey Piedmonte, President, Syracuse PBA. “John has worked to keep our country safe from the growing threats of terrorism, becoming one of the foremost leaders on national security in Congress.  The National Association of Police Organizations, Upstate New York PBA and the Syracuse PBA are all proud to support Congressman Katko in his reelection campaign.”

    Joe Villano, President of Auburn Local 195 said, “The members of Local 195, Auburn Police Department, would like to express our continued support for Mr. Katko in the upcoming election for U.S. Congress.  We believe that Mr. Katko’s experience and track record speak for itself. With his law enforcement background, Mr. Katko has always made it a priority to keep our communities safe. We look forward to thriving under Mr. Katko’s leadership for years to come.”

    Congressman John Katko was 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.

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  • INDEPENDENCE PARTY OF NEW YORK STATE ENDORSES KATKO FOR RE-ELECTION

    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.”


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  • WAYNE COUNTY GOP BACKS KATKO

    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.

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  • CAYUGA COUNTY REPUBLICANS STAND WITH KATKO

    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.

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  • KATKO RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF ONONDAGA COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE

    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.

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  • 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.”

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  • DANA BALTER CAUGHT IN ANOTHER LIE

    October 26th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK– John Katko and Dana Balter held their first debate at the offices of the Post Standard/syracuse.com on Wednesday.  During an exchange on immigration policy, and the caravan of migrants approaching the United States Border, Dana Balter denied that she supports the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Further, she evaded the question of whether she attended a rally, held by Balter-founded CNY Solidarity, that was focused on calling for the abolition of ICE. Dana Balter did indeed attend this rally, as the photo below clearly shows.

    In light of this exchange, the Katko for Congress campaign today released the following statement:

    “Dana Balter knows her views are too extreme for Central New York, so she has once again tried to cover up her position on a big issue. She attended a rally organized by a hard-left group that she helped found that called for the abolishment of ICE, and now wants the people of Central New York to believe otherwise.

    “Dana Balter can’t have it both ways. She can’t join her extreme-left friends In protesting the existence of ICE one day and claim that she doesn’t support abolishing ICE on another.

    “This is not the first time that Dana Balter has attempted an ideological cover up on the people of Central New York, and as her campaign desperately tries to hide her extreme-left views in the final days of the campaign, it almost certainly won’t be the last.

    “Robust border security, and strong immigration enforcement programs, including ICE, are vital to our national security. Dana Balter showed her true colors when she protested the existence of ICE. The voters of CNY aren’t going to be fooled by her attempts to cover it up now.”

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  • Dana Balter’s Slanderous Attack on Congressman John Katko

    October 25th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, New York – Following a debate yesterday evening hosted by the Syracuse Post Standard/Syracuse.com in which Dana Balter accused Congressman John Katko of illegally allowing a campaign contribution to influence his work on the House Homeland Security Committee, Katko for Congress Communications Director Erin O’Connor released the following statement:

    “Last night, Dana Balter made a grave, slanderous, and entirely unsubstantiated claim against Congressman Katko, suggesting the Congressman illegally allowed a campaign contribution to influence a vote before the House Homeland Security Committee.

    “First, to be completely and unequivocally clear: Representative Katko, a former federal prosecutor, has always dutifully followed, and required strict compliance with, every law governing Members of Congress and their staffs.  For Dana Balter to suggest otherwise without proof is appalling.  

    “The amendment in question was offered by Democrats on the Committee.  Along with every other member of the Committee – Democrat and Republican – Congressman Katko joined in supporting this non-controversial amendment.

    “In this case, as in countless others, Congressman Katko worked with Democrats to incorporate their ideas into bipartisan, security-oriented legislation. This is the kind of bipartisanship and cooperation that Dana Balter has repeatedly proven she can’t understand or support.

    “Dana Balter’s political extremism has reached a point that she is now attacking members of her own party for engaging in constructive, bipartisan legislating. If Dana Balter’s hard-left extremism wasn’t disqualifying enough, her willingness to engage in an outright lie and dirty trick like this certainly is.”

    Background

    • The legislative text of the bill in question was unanimously approved by both Democratic and Republican Members of the Committee.  It specifically directs an assessment of vetting practices aimed at enhancing the security of PreCheck in the most cost-effective manner to the American taxpayer. Under Congressman Katko’s leadership, TSA has repeatedly been directed to improve vetting standards and end poor security practices, including diverting passengers who are not enrolled and vetted to PreCheck standards into PreCheck screening lanes.
    • As HR 2843, and more recent legislation, HR 6265, demonstrate, Congressman Katko has worked tirelessly to protect traveling Americans from terror attacks in his capacity as a Subcommittee Chairman on the House Homeland Security Committee.
    • Enrollees in TSA PreCheck, along with all US travelers, are vetted against terrorist watch lists, such as the No-Fly List. Additionally, PreCheck enrollees, in order to voluntarily participate in the program, provide their fingerprints to TSA for an FBI Criminal History Records Check. This has always been the case and Congressman Katko believes it always should be. No aspect of his legislative record demonstrates otherwise.

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  • CENTRAL NEW YORK LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDS WITH KATKO

    October 22nd, 2018

    Syracuse, New York – Standing at the Police Memorial at Forman Park in Syracuse this morning, law enforcement unions from across the 24th Congressional District announced support for Congressman John Katko’s re-election campaign.

    Endorsements were announced from the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association, the Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Association, the Syracuse Firefighter AssociationAuburn Police Local 195,the City of Oswego Police Union, the Upstate Police Benevolent Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association.

    “For nearly twenty years, I worked with the brave men and women of our law enforcement to help keep our community safe. I am humbled and honored to receive their endorsement today,” said Congressman John Katko.  “Their work is more important now than ever, as we continue to see an increase in violence across our community.  As a prosecutor working alongside the Gang Violence Task Force, curbing violence was a top priority for me.  Now, in Congress, I’m fighting to ensure funding is available to keep these types of programs in place.  I’m also prioritizing efforts to combat the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic plaguing our community, and pushing national security reforms through Congress to keep our country safe.  Our local law enforcement and first responders put their own lives on the line each day and I am proud to fight for their interests in Congress.”

    “As a federal organized crime prosecutor, John Katko worked alongside the men and women of the Syracuse Police Department for 16 years, fighting to improve the safety and stability of our community.  In Washington, Congressman Katko has led the House of Representatives in its battle against the opioid epidemic that is crippling our country.  John has continued to prioritize our community’s best interests and ending the devastation opioids have caused many, many families would be tremendous for all U.S. citizens,” said Jeffrey Piedmonte, President, Syracuse PBA. “John has worked to keep our country safe from the growing threats of terrorism, becoming one of the foremost leaders on national security in Congress.  The National Association of Police Organizations, Upstate New York PBA and the Syracuse PBA are all proud to support Congressman Katko in his reelection campaign.”

    Joe Villano, President of Auburn Local 195 said, “The members of Local 195, Auburn Police Department, would like to express our continued support for Mr. Katko in the upcoming election for U.S. Congress.  We believe that Mr. Katko’s experience and track record speak for itself. With his law enforcement background, Mr. Katko has always made it a priority to keep our communities safe. We look forward to thriving under Mr. Katko’s leadership for years to come.”

    Congressman John Katko was 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.

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  • VETERANS PARTY ENDORSES JOHN KATKO FOR CONGRESS

    October 19th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today announced that the local Veterans Party has once again endorsed Congressman John Katko for re-election to Congress in New York’s 24th District.

    The Onondaga County Veterans party released a statement endorsing Congressman Katko, stating, “The Onondaga County Veterans Party proudly announces its endorsement of Congressman John Katko. He has reached across the aisle to pass many bills that benefit Veterans.  We also appreciate him protecting Social Security and Medicare as well as coverage for those suffering pre-existing conditions.”

    “Our veterans have put their own lives on the line to defend the freedoms we hold dear.  I’m incredibly honored to have once again received the strong endorsement of the Onondaga County Veterans Party,” said Congressman John Katko.  “In Congress, I will always stand up for the thousands of veterans living in our community and support policies that ensure our veterans and their families receive the care they deserve.  I will continue to fight for accountability at the VA, improving mental healthcare, and increasing educational opportunities and jobs for Central New York veterans.”

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  • JOHN WALSH HIGHLIGHTS CONGRESSMAN KATKO’S BIPARTISANSHIP, COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING FOR CNY IN NEW AD

    October 16th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today released a new television advertisement featuring John Walsh, Central New York native, human rights activist and creator of “America’s Most Wanted.”

    In the thirty-second spot, Walsh highlights Congressman Katko’s commitment to cutting through the dysfunction and gridlock in Washington to stand up for our community.  Like Congressman Katko, John Walsh grew up in Central New York.

    The ad is entitled “Our Guy,” and is available here.  The script can be found below:

    “I’ve walked the halls of Congress since my six-year-old son, Adam, was murdered in 1981 and I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional.

    “Politicians put their party over their people. 

    “But one guy is different, and that’s our guy: John Katko.  

    “He’s bipartisan with the record to prove it.

    “I know the attacks against John are wrong. He’ll work with anyone to make our community better.

    “John Katko grew up here just like I did.

    “We need him fighting for us.”

     

    The spot will begin airing immediately on area cable and broadcast.   It will run alongside “Sheriff’s Warrant.”

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