Press Releases

February 15, 2019
Katko, Brindisi Urge Amazon CEO to Keep Plans to Stay in New York, Visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following news yesterday that Amazon has abandoned its plans to open its HQ2 headquarters in New York City,  U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) today sent a bipartisan letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging the company to maintain its investment in New York State. 

The letter, which echoes the message sent earlier this week by New York State lawmakers, urges Amazon’s CEO to consider Upstate New York for its HQ2 headquarters.  Katko and Brindisi tout the benefits Upstate New York has to offer to the company – including a dynamic workforce, affordable housing, and an abundance of higher education centers and technical training institutions – and invite Mr. Bezos to visit the reg

February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) reintroduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, bipartisan legislation that protects the animal victims of fighting rings and transfers the cost of care from taxpayers to those responsible for the animals’ harm.

February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced two additional town hall meetings for next week in Salina and the City of Syracuse focused on the future of Interstate 81.

“There was a tremendous community turnout in both Auburn and DeWitt for our first two town halls on the future of I-81.  This is an issue that individuals throughout our community feel passionately about, and rightfully so.  As our community moves forward with making this decision, it is critical that we hear the perspective of our entire region.  I’m excited to continue the conversation in Syracuse and Salina next week.”

Details are as follows:

Tuesday, February 19

February 7, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D, MD-7) today re-introduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, bipartisan legislation that directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place the likeness of Harriet Tubman on $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020.

Harriet Tubman gained her freedom from slavery in 1849 and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, which was critical to guiding many escaped slaves to freedom.  She is recognized as a fighter for freedom and equality. She dedicated her life to several noble causes in addition to civil rights, including nursing during the civil war and championing equal rights for women.

February 6, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – The Office of U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced that the Congressman’s upcoming town hall meeting on the future of I-81 will now be held in the gymnasium at Saint Matthew's School in order to accommodate growing public interest.

Updated details are as follows:

Saturday, February 9

Time: The town hall meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. 

Location: Saint Matthew's School Gymnasium
214 Kinne Street
East Syracuse, NY 13057

This discussion will be moderated by Town of Dewitt Deputy Supervisor Kerry Mannion.

February 5, 2019
Katko and Bregman Renew Call for Bipartisan, Comprehensive VAWA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) will this evening be joined for the President’s State of the Union address by Randi Bregman, Executive Director of Vera House, Inc. in Syracuse, New York.  

January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced details for two upcoming town hall meetings he is hosting focused on the future of Interstate 81.

“Our community has a once-in-a-generation decision before us as we look to the future of Interstate 81.   This decision impacts not only the City of Syracuse, but the towns and villages that surround it and rely on I-81,” said Rep. John Katko.  “I  have always stated I will stand firmly behind the decision of our community and support it on the federal level.  That’s why I’m looking forward to engaging with folks throughout Central New York in a series of open town hall meetings focused on this important issue.”

January 29, 2019
Rep. Katko Continues Productive Legislative Record in New Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) announced the passage of bipartisan counterterrorism legislation he authored, H.R. 769, the Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act of 2019. This legislation ensures that the Department of Homeland Security coordinates all of its counterterrorism efforts to limit duplication, inefficiency, and waste.

This is the first measure Rep. Katko has passed in the new, Democrat-controlled House. The measure previously passed during the 114th and 115th Congresses.

January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) was this afternoon named Ranking Member on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation.

January 25, 2019

Syracuse, New York — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) this afternoon released the following statement:

“I applaud the end of this lengthy and costly government shutdown. The past month has been a political show by both sides and has revealed deep divides within Congress. 

"As we move forward, I believe we must use this as an opportunity to compromise.  I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put this period of dysfunction behind us and work across the aisle to formulate an immigration and border security measure that both sides can get behind, as well as a permanent funding agreement. I look forward to getting to work on this.”