Press Releases

December 11, 2019

NDAA Will Support Fort Drum, 174th Attack Wing, Help Grow Central New York Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced several key wins for Central New York in the Conference Report to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which he helped negotiate.  The NDAA authorizes the budget and expenditures for the U.S. Department of Defense, and, critical to Central New York, authorizes funding for Fort Drum, the 174th Attack Wing, Rome Labs, and projects manufactured by several local companies.

December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Coastal and Great Lakes Community Enhancement Act, bipartisan legislation which includes two key provisions authored by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to address harmful algal blooms and water levels along Lake Ontario.

While the House continues to be bogged down by partisan infighting, Rep. Katko has remained focused on addressing issues important to Central New York.  The bipartisan provisions he authored authorize research on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and provide grant eligibility for projects to address high water levels in communities like Lake Ontario.

December 2, 2019

SOLVAY, NEW YORK – In a ceremony this afternoon at Solvay Public Library, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) presented medals long overdue to three Central New York veterans and their families.

November 22, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Standing today with local agencies committed to ending domestic violence and sexual assault across Onondaga, Cayuga, Wayne and Oswego Counties, U.S. Rep. John  Katko (NY-24) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to prevent domestic violence and support survivors and their families.

November 19, 2019
Katko: Loss of Doubledays in Auburn Would Hurt Community, Local Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a proposal this week from Major League Baseball (MLB) to eliminate 42 Minor League Baseball clubs, including the Auburn Doubledays, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) urged MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred to keep the Doubledays in Auburn.  Rep. Katko noted that the loss of the team would be a devastating blow to the local community and economy.  

November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today applauded passage of the bipartisan VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act, legislation he introduced earlier this year with U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham (D, SC-1) to modernize the VA appeals process for Central New York veterans.  This measure passed the House yesterday evening.

November 8, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK— Following a year of high water levels along Lake Ontario, U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Joseph Morelle (NY-25) today sent a bipartisan letter to Lana Pollack, Chair of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission (IJC), urging compliance with the Supplementary Order of Approval for Plan 2014, a directive which requires the IJC to provide adequate protections for coastal community residents and businesses. 

The lawmakers highlighted the dire to need to provide protections for coastal communities after multiple years of sustained flooding which has resulted in severe damage to residential and commercial properties along Lake Ontario.

October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawmakers from both houses of Congress today introduced a new framework to fight the rapid spread of deadly synthetic drugs, which can quickly be re-engineered to circumvent federal laws designed to outlaw them. The Stop Importation and Manufacturing of Synthetic Analogues (SIMSA) Act, introduced by U.S. Representatives John Katko (NY-24) and Kathleen Rice (NY-4) along with Senators Chuck Grassley (IA), Joni Ernst (IA), and Dianne Feinstein (CA), would allow substances substantially similar to controlled drugs to temporarily regulated while more time-consuming testing, research and analysis can be performed.

October 31, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK— Today, U.S. Representative John Katko (NY-24) announced $375,000 in federal funds for community organizations focused on addressing youth substance abuse in Central New York. This award is from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as part of their Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

October 28, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK –  U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement regarding the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:

“Today’s announcement from the President that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid led by U.S. Special Forces is an unprecedented victory in our fight against the rise of global terrorism. I applaud the brave men and women of our military and intelligence community for their work in planning and executing this raid, and President Trump for authorizing it.”