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  • Central New York Mom Living the Tragedy of Bail Reform: Balter is “Very Dangerous”

    September 18th, 2020

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today released a new television advertisement highlighting the devastating, real-life impacts of bail reform, a policy Dana Balter fervently supports.
    The ad features Jennifer Payne, a Syracuse mother, who tragically lost her daughter, Sarah, when she was shot to death by her live-in boyfriend.  The boyfriend was arrested and charged with the homicide, but was subsequently released from jail under New York’s new bail reform law. Democrat Onondaga County Judge Gordon Cuffy at the time noted that he had no other choice but to release the perpetrator.  Since that time, Jennifer has become an outspoken advocate against bail reform.  


    In the ad, Payne, a registered Democrat, announces she firmly disagrees with Balter’s support of the plan, calling Balter “out-of-touch,” and explaining she will vote against Dana Balter because, “her policies are very dangerous.”


    Dana Balter has endorsed Albany’s dangerous bail reform, a policy which has been criticized even by local Democrats as going too far for its requirement to release violent criminals into the community.  Balter supports bringing these policies to the federal level. Proposals that go even further than New York’s bail reform are championed by the progressive caucus, which has endorsed Balter.  And, Balter supports the HEROES Act, which would require early release of dangerous criminals.


    The ad is available here.  It began airing this morning on area broadcast, cable and on digital.


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  • Central New York Labor Unions Back Katko in NY-24 Race

    September 18th, 2020

    SYRACUSE, NY– Standing before the CNY Building & Construction Trades Council today, labor leaders from across New York’s 24th Congressional District endorsed Congressman John Katko in his campaign for re-election to serve as Representative for New York’s 24th Congressional District.

    Endorsements were announced from Teamsters Local 317,  CNY Building & Construction Trades Council, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 267, IBEW Local 43, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 158, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 73, New England Regional Council of Carpenters Local 277, Laborer’s International Union of North America Local 633, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air Rail and Transportation Workers Local 58, and Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen Division 169. Together, these unions represent thousands of hardworking men and women across Central New York.

    “I’m honored to stand before the CNY Building & Construction Trades Council to receive the endorsements of labor unions from across Central New York ,” said Congressman Katko. “I have proudly stood up for the priorities of our hardworking labor community in Washington, and have worked across party lines to do so. I have broken with my party and with the President to support their interests – importantly, working this Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. During this crisis and beyond, I’ll continue to be an advocate for workers, and find common ground to build on our past success and move our nation into an economic recovery.”

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  • New Ad Shares Dana Balter’s Dangerous Plan to Release Criminals into our Community

    September 12th, 2020

    Syracuse, New York – Katko for Congress today released a new ad highlighting the devastating impact of Dana Balter’s support for bail reform and legislation to require the release of prisoners nationwide.


    Dana Balter has endorsed Albany’s dangerous bail reform, a policy which has been criticized even by local Democrats as going too far for its requirement to release violent criminals into the community.  Proposals that go even further than New York’s bail reform are championed by the progressive caucus, which has endorsed Balter.  


    What’s more, Balter wholeheartedly supports Nancy Pelosi’s HEROES Act, which would require the early release of federal prisoners and prevent the deportation of criminals.
    “At a time when crime is on the rise in our community, Dana Balter’s plan is to bring Albany’s dangerous bail reform to the federal level.  And, she endorses Pelosi’s bill to require the release of prisoners from federal prison nationwide,” said Katko for Congress Campaign Manager Tom Haag. “Balter attacks Congressman Katko’s career in law enforcement while pushing a dangerous platform that will only endanger Central New York families.  Who can we trust to keep our community safe and reform our criminal justice system responsibly – John Katko, a former federal prosecutor, or Dana Balter, a far-left, visiting assistant professor?”


    The ad can be accessed here.  It will begin airing immediately on area broadcast, cable, and will run on digital platforms. 

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  • Bernie-Balter Healthcare Plan Would Destroy Medicare

    August 13th, 2020

    Syracuse, New York – Katko for Congress today released a new ad highlighting the disastrous impact of the Bernie-Balter government run healthcare plan, which would raise taxes on the middle class, end private insurance, and destroy Medicare as we know it.

    Dana Balter is a full-fledged supporter of Medicare-for-All, but has lied to Central New York voters about her plan to raise taxes to fund the scheme.  Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Joe Biden, has exposed Balter’s lie about Medicare-for-All: It is a government takeover of healthcare that will cost 30 trillion dollars to implement, and raise taxes on the middle class.  

    Balter’s healthcare plan is pushed by socialist Bernie Sanders, who openly boasts that Medicare-for-All will raise personal taxes.  Implementing this dangerous plan would destroy Medicare, to the detriment of the millions of seniors currently enrolled in the program.

    “Dana Balter continues to lie to voters about her healthcare plan, which would raise taxes and destroy Medicare for seniors,” said Tom Haag, Campaign Manager for Katko for Congress. “Seniors in Central New York rely on Medicare, and have paid into it their entire lives. But Balter is all in on far-left, socialist Bernie Sanders’ radical plan to end Medicare as we know it.  The dangerous Bernie-Balter plan would not only destroy private insurance and increase taxes on families, but jeopardize care for millions of seniors.”The ad, which can be accessed here, will begin airing immediately on area cable, broadcast, and on digital platforms.  It will run alongside ‘Balter vs Biden‘ which was released last week.

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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.


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  • Dana Balter Caught in Another Lie

    July 25th, 2020


    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – 
    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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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

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  • 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.”

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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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