Press Releases

October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the nation continues to respond to rising COVID-19 cases across the country, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) this week introduced legislation to restore a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program to assess potential implications of a nationwide pandemic on critical infrastructure.  Katko introduced the bipartisan Analyzing Disaster Vulnerabilities and Applicable National Capabilities for Emergencies (ADVANCE) Act alongside U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D, VA-07).

October 24, 2020

SKANEATELES, NY— In a ceremony this morning at Shotwell Memorial Park in Skaneateles, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) presented long overdue medals to two Central New York veterans, Mr. Joe Carfagno and Mr. Drew Deapo. 

Both veterans were owed medals from their service, but had never received them. After contacting Rep. Katko’s office, the Congressman was able to work on their behalf to deliver the medals, and presented them today.

October 19, 2020

SYRACUSE, NY — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced details for a virtual workshop to help Central New York seniors navigate the ongoing Medicare Open Enrollment Period.

The workshop will be held via Zoom on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 9:30am. Rep. Katko will be joined by an expert from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and providers. Together, they will provide information and resources on the open enrollment period, which started on October 15 and ends on December 7. They will also answer questions from Central New York seniors and discuss plans available to Medicare beneficiaries.

October 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) introduced the Keeping Seniors Safe from COVID-19 Through Home Design Act, a bipartisan measure that directs a study on how to prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

October 9, 2020

SYRACUSE, NY — Following a year of historic water levels across the Great Lakes, U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)Joseph Morelle (NY-25), and Chris Jacobs (NY-27) today sent a bipartisan letter to Jane Corwin, Chair and Commissioner of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission (IJC), and Pierre Beland, Chair and Commissioner of the Canadian Section, IJC, requesting the IJC present a strategy to mitigate the threat of coastal flooding along Lake Ontario’s southern shore in 2021.

October 8, 2020

SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced he has helped Central New Yorkers secure more than $150,000 in overdue Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) and tax returns.

October 6, 2020

SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced $15,011,000 in federal funds will be distributed to the Town of Scriba to support rural development projects.

The funds are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, which delivers loans and grant funding to local governments to help upgrade water and waste infrastructure in order to deliver safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities to rural areas.  In Congress, Rep. Katko advocated for robust support for USDA Rural Development, including an increase in federal funding for the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program in Fiscal Year 2021.

October 6, 2020

SYRACUSE, NY — U.S. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) today announced the introduction of the Promoting Careers in Aviation for America’s Veterans Act of 2020. Inspired by William Becker, a Baldwinsville resident and Korean War Veteran, this bipartisan legislation would provide relief to veterans who were retroactively denied tax benefits and forced to pay back taxes as a result of changing guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rep. Katko was joined by U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D, NY-22) in introducing this measure, which also includes important provisions to increase the accessibility of aviation careers for Central New York veterans.

October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life of Dr. Adeline Fagan. A Central New York native, Dr. Fagan passed away on September 19, 2020 after contracting COVID-19.

Rep. Katko’s remarks can be viewed here and found below:

Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of Dr. Adeline Fagan who passed away on September 19, 2020 at the age of 28, following a courageous battle with COVID-19. 

October 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced the passage of the TSA Workplace Improvement Act of 2020. This bipartisan legislation provides Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave and ensures access to facilities for nursing.

“No mother or father should have to choose between their job and being a parent,” said Rep. Katko. “That’s why, in Congress I’ve proudly led efforts to support working parents, including policies that ensure access to paid parental leave and necessary protections for pregnant workers."