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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.”



    October 26th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK– John Katko and Dana Balter held their first debate at the offices of the Post Standard/ 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.”


  • 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/ 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.”


    • 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.



    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.”



    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.”



    October 15th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Following a community forum in Bayberry yesterday evening in which Dana Balter once again changed her story and timeline, Congressman John Katko today released the following statement:

    “Dana Balter likes to tell voters she’s lived in Central New York for 15 years.  That’s simply not true. As it stands today, voters have absolutely no idea how long Dana Balter has lived in Central New York.”

    “We know Dana Balter suffered a concussion in 2004, and moved away.  A serious medical injury is more than a legitimate reason to take time off and seek care, but Dana Balter has repeatedly been dishonest about how long she’s lived here, and what she was doing while out of town. Here is what we know:

    • She just released an ad claiming she moved to Central New York in 2003. Thats true, however she neglects to mention she left shortly after.
    • In interviews with the Syracuse Post Standard and Auburn Citizen, she told voters she suffered an injury in 2004, that forced her to leave the state to receive care.
    • Last night, she told us this was for a period of 5 years, which means she would have returned around 2009. The problem with that, is that she told the Syracuse Post Standard she lived in Naples FL from 2010-2012.
    • She also told the Syracuse Post Standard she lived in Naples, FL to care for her nephew that was attending an elite golf boarding school. She also started a business in both Pennsylvania and in Florida. Last night, she told voters she moved to Pennsylvania and Florida because she had a debilitating medical condition that required care from family.


    “When I first ran for public office, every minute of my background was examined, and rightfully so. Dana Balter has based her campaign on transparency and accountability, but has been incredibly misleading about  her district ties and background. Voters deserve to know basic information about a candidate. Questions like how long have you lived here, seem reasonable”


    October 12th, 2018

    Syracuse, New York – The Katko for Congress campaign today announced that Congressman John Katko (NY-24) has once again planned an extensive Wayne County diner tour for tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th.

    The Wayne County Diner Tour will take Congressman Katko through Wayne County town with stops with voters and volunteers at the following locations:

    8:00 a.m.              Foster’s

    12029 East Main Street in Wolcott 

    9:30 a.m.              Gus’s Family Restaurant

    3743 Route 104 in Williamson

     10:15 a.m.            Konstantinou’s Restaurant

    2030 Route 104 in Ontario

     11:30 a.m.            Cross Park Family Restaurant

    121 State Highway 31 in Newark

     12:45 p.m.            PumpkinPalooza Festival

    in Lyons

     To schedule an interview with Congressman Katko at any of these stops, please contact




    October 8th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Despite Congressman John Katko’s participation in 4 debates accessible to constituents in all four counties of NY-24, as well as 10 public forums where both candidates are invited to answer questions from the public, Dana Balter continues to dodge questions important to Central New Yorkers.

    At her press conference today, will Dana Balter finally answer these questions?

    • For months, Dana Balter has refused to answer whether she will support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.  Now that Pelosi has paid for $1 million in corporate-funded television advertisements backing Balter, will she answer this simple question?
    • Will Dana Balter stop hiding who she voted for in the Democratic gubernatorial primary? Did she stand with Andrew Cuomo, who bankrolled her campaign?  Or with the far-left and out-of-touch Cynthia Nixon?
    • Why didn’t Dana Balter vote in the 2016 Presidential primary?

    • Why is Dana Balter relying on progressive, far-left organizations in New York Cityand Palo Alto, CAto contact Central New York voters on her behalf?
    • Why is Dana Balter running ads spreading mistruths on Congressman Katko’s voting record, using claims that independent fact checkers have proven false?
    • Does Dana Balter denounce the protests of her radical and out-of-touch CNY Solidarity Coalition targeting the hardworking men and women at Lockheed Martin?
    • Will Dana Balter explain why she prioritized spending her time raising money in New York City instead of meeting with local business owners at the historically bipartisan Manlius Chamber of Commerce candidate breakfast?
    • Why does Dana Balter mock Congressman Katko’s esteemed 20-year career as a prosecutor using the hashtag, “#AsAFormerFederalProsecutor” on social media platforms?
    • Why does Dana Balter, a Connecticut native, claim she has lived in Central New York since 2003, when in fact she spent 2003-2012 living in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and her family’s lavish home in Naples, Florida?
    • Why won’t Dana Balter provide the whole story about her employment history?
    • Given that she has been pursuing various degrees for 25 years, will Dana Balter continue to pursue her PhD if elected to Congress?



    October 4th, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Congressman John Katko today released the following statement:

    “Central New Yorkers deserve a Representative who is honest and transparent.

    “Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle routinely take tough votes, make difficult decisions, and are justly required to fully detail their positions.

    “You always know where you stand with me on the issues affecting our community.  I answer tough questions on legislative issues and make known who I’ve voted for in elections for public office – whether it be the Presidency or a hotly contested race locally.

    “It’s concerning that my opponent, a candidate for federal office, has failed to answer basic questions.

    “For months, Dana Balter has refused to answer whether she will support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.  Now that Pelosi has paid for $1 million in corporate-funded television advertisements backing Balter, will she answer this simple question?

    “It’s also troubling that Balter hid her vote for the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Did she stand with Andrew Cuomo, who has also bankrolled her campaign?  Or with the far left and out-of-touch Cynthia Nixon?

    “It’s time for Dana Balter to be open with Central New Yorkers.”



    October 3rd, 2018

    OCTOBER 3, 2018  Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) formally endorsed Rep. John Katko’s re-election bid for U.S. House in New York’s 24th District.

    “America faces big challenges and it’s critical that candidates address them openly and with concrete solutions during the midterm elections. When it comes to growing our economy, bolstering our national security, and preserving our climate, voters and candidates are embracing clean energy. CRES is proud to endorse Rep. John Katko for his demonstrated leadership and support of a cleaner energy future,” said CRES Executive Director James Dozier.

    “I am proud to receive an endorsement from Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. Cleaner forms of energy such as nuclear are a critical economic driver for central New York, delivering reliable, emissions-free energy to consumers across our state.  My district is home to three nuclear power plants, and I will always support the clean power these plants produce and the hundreds of men and women they employ.  I have been a steadfast champion of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, which generates enough carbon free electricity to power 800,000 homes and provides hundreds of skilled, well-paying jobs in our region.  I will continue to promote policies that foster New York’s clean energy portfolio and encourage the development of dependable, abundant and safe energy for years to come,” said Rep. John Katko.

    Rep. John Katko’s record on clean energy includes:

    • Member, Climate Solutions Caucus.
    • Voted to protect funding for key Department of Energy programs that promote innovation and investment in clean energy technologies.
    • Cosponsored legislation to reduce methane emissions, and to increase investment in nuclear energy.



    Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about commonsense, conservative solutions to address our nation’s need for abundant, reliable energy while preserving our environment.