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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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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:
“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”
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
To schedule an interview with Congressman Katko at any of these stops, please contact .
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?
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 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:
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.
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today released its sixth television advertisement, highlighting the devastating local impact of Dana Balter’s government takeover of healthcare.
The thirty-second spot, entitled “Make Care Worse,” features testimony from Lisa, a Nurse Practitioner from Syracuse. The ad can be accessed here. A transcript is below:
“People here rely on Medicare.
“So when I heard Dana Balter talk about healthcare, I was intrigued.
“But the reality is – Balter’s government takeover of healthcare will destroy Medicare, change your doctors, and double everyone’s income taxes.
“Putting bureaucrats between hospital staff and patients?
“That might make sense to a Visiting Professor, but I know it will make people’s care worse.
“Dana Balter is way too extreme.
The television commercial begins airing immediately on area broadcast and cable. It will run simultaneously with “What I’m Focused On.”
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”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.