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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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  • WHEN WILL DANA BALTER TELL CNY THE TRUTH?

    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”

  • CONGRESSMAN KATKO ANNOUNCES WAYNE COUNTY DINER TOUR

    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 press@johnkatkoforcongress.com.

     

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  • WILL DANA BALTER FINALLY STOP DODGING QUESTIONS?

    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?

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  • KATKO CALLS ON BALTER TO TELL CENTRAL NEW YORK THE TRUTH

    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.”

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  • CRES FORMALLY ENDORSES REP. JOHN KATKO IN NEW YORK

    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.

     

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    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.

  • IN NEW AD, CNY NURSE PRACTITIONER OUTLINES DEVASTATING LOCAL IMPACT OF DANA BALTER’S HEALTHCARE PLAN

    September 28th, 2018

    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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  • NEW AD HIGHLIGHTS CONGRESSMAN KATKO’S COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING GRIDLOCK TO ADDRESS LOCAL ISSUES

    September 22nd, 2018

    SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Katko for Congress today released its fifth television advertisement highlighting Congressman John Katko’s commitment to fighting for local issues, like ensuring clean and accessible water for Central New York families.

    The thirty-second spot, entitled “What I’m Focused On,” is narrated by Congressman John Katko.  The ad can be accessed here. A transcript is below:

    “It’s troubling. 

    “Dangerous toxins have threatened our fresh water lakes.

    “Our lakes aren’t just treasures because of their beauty — they provide our drinking water.

    “We bathe in it, and make baby formula with it.  Our children and families rely on it.

     “Working as a moderate in a hyper-partisan Congress can be frustrating.

     “But finding solutions to local challenges like water quality is why I continue this fight.

    “I’m John Katko.  I approve this message, because this is where I grew up and this is what I’m focused on.”

    The television commercial begins airing immediately on area broadcast and cable.  The ad will run simultaneously with “Talk About Taxes.”

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  • MANUPAC & U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE ENDORSEMENT OF JOHN KATKO FOR CONGRESS

    September 20th, 2018

    Syracuse, NY– MANUPAC, The Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Inc. Political Action Committee, today released a joint announcement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announcing their endorsement of John Katko for Congress in New York’s 24th congressional district. The two organizations endorse candidates based on their records on issues critical to economic growth, including regulatory reform, taxes, infrastructure, domestic energy production, and free trade. The announcement was made today amongst community and business leaders at MACNY member Air Innovation, located at 700 Performance Drive in Syracuse.

    Mike Wetzel, President of Air Innovations stated, “On behalf of Air Innovations, we are both pleased and honored to host today’s MACNY and US Chamber endorsement for Congressman John Katko.  In order for any business to grow, it needs to be allowed to operate and expand in a stable business climate. John has been instrumental in advocating for lower taxes, improved infrastructure and repeal of many regulatory burdens that impact businesses like ours, and we are fortunate to have him in Washington representing our best interests”

    MANUPAC Chairman Nathan Andrews stated, “On behalf of MANUPAC and MACNY, I am pleased to be standing here today recognizing Congressman John Katko as our endorsed candidate for the 24th Congressional district.  The past two years, our MACNY membership and the Board at large has appreciated a terrific working relationship with John and his staff.  When John has had significant votes come up, he has done exactly what we want in a Representative of our region:  he reaches out to those who it will impact, including us, asks for our input, and then thoughtfully makes a decision on how to vote that will best serve his district and our needs.  John’s clear commitment to our region and his understanding of the Federal process and issues that impact our sector are what make John the best candidate to serve our region.  We are pleased to be here endorsing John, and thank him for his clear commitment to both the region and the manufacturing sector as a whole.”

    Stephen McAllister, U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated, “The U.S. Chamber is proud to stand with the Central New York business community and MACNY to support John Katko. Katko has earned a reputation as an independent leader who continues to get things done — from cutting excessive red tape on small businesses, to spearheading legislation to fix our broken roads and bridges, to creating a tax environment for job creators to hire and grow. We’re honored to highlight his record and endorse him here today.”

    “On behalf of the Manufacturing Community we are pleased to be standing here today at Air Innovations supporting John Katko for Congress,” stated Randy Wolken, President & CEO of  MACNY – The Manufacturers Association.  “During John’s time in Congress, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, to include the hard-working manufacturing community. This coupled with his pro-growth agenda is best suited for the needs of our region’s manufacturing and business community.  The past four years, John has exemplified a pro-jobs and pro-business representative and has championed many of the pieces of legislation that are critical to foster growth and a better business climate for manufacturers.  Most recently, his efforts on tax reform and infrastructure investment which are both key issues for manufacturers.  On behalf of the manufacturers, I am pleased to be giving John our endorsement for the 24th congressional district.”

    “I’m honored to have earned the strong support of the local manufacturers and small businesses represented by MACNY and the U.S. Chamber.  Since coming to Congress, I have prioritized creating an environment in which our local businesses can grow, thrive, and create greater opportunities for the hardworking men and women they employ,” said Congressman Katko. “Following passage of tax reform and regulatory relief this Congress, we’ve seen spurred economic growth nationwide with businesses expanding operations and families taking home more of what they earn. I’ll continue to work in Washington to ensure local businesses, like Air Innovations, can compete on the world stage and continue making investments in employees.”

    During the 115th Congress, Congressman John Katko received a 93% ranking in the U.S. Chamber’s annual How They Voted scorecard.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

    MACNY, the Manufacturers Association, represents over 330 companies in a nineteen county region in Upstate New York.  The 105-year-old organization provides human resource services, training, purchasing solutions, networking opportunities and advocacy support for its members.

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