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President Joe Biden's first joint-session address to Congress was received with skepticism and criticism by Republican Represenatives John Katko and Claudia Tenney.


Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon was on a virtual national stage Wednesday when he testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security.  He urged Congress to allow local governments to make the rules on how to vaccinate their communities.

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Reactions to the storming of the U.S. Capitol building by a large number of President Trump supporters Wednesday sparked some strong reactions from New York's Congressional delegation and political experts in Central New York. Among them was Rep. John Katko who issued this statement just after 5:00 p.m:

"I am grateful to all of those who have reached out regarding my safety today.  The support and concern expressed is humbling. I am in a safe location.


It can be difficult for voters to discern what’s truth and what’s not in campaign ads, and perhaps there’s no better example than in the race for the 24th congressional district.  WAER News takes a look at the ads that could be defining the tense race between incumbent Republican John Katko and Democratic challenger Dana Balter in the final days of voting.


The House has passed a bill aimed at giving businesses in Central New York and across the nation more time to take advantage of the popular Paycheck Protection Program.  The current deadline to bring workers back online is June 30th, but many CNY businesses might not be fully operational by then.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressmember John Katko took part in a bi-partisan online town hall Thursday where they took constituent questions about COVID-19.  It was organized by the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability at The Ohio State University.  

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Onondaga County’s Mental Health Services team is getting more resources to assist at-risk young people struggling with mental illness.   The Department of Children and Family Services will receive $4 million in federal funding over the next four years.

Rep. Katko Says More Facts are Needed Before Trump Impeachment Proceeds

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Central New York Republican Congressmember John Katko thinks Democrats on Capitol Hill are rushing to judgement about President Trump’s Ukrainian phone call.

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Suicide Crisis Centers in Central New York and across the nation could get a boost in federal funding under bi-partisan legislation introduced by Congressmember John Katko.   This bill would expand the services available to those in crisis by allowing more robust staffing of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  

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Congressmember John Katko gathered Homeland Security officials and municipal leaders Friday to discuss the best ways to address the growing cybersecurity threats facing the public and private sectors.