Rep. John Katko

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More than 70 people from numerous advocacy groups gathered Tuesday in downtown Syracuse to urge Congressmember John Katko to take a strong stance against racism. 


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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson made a stop in Syracuse Friday to get a sense of the city’s stubborn and persistent lead paint problem.  Congressmember John Katko invited Carson and officials from several housing organizations for a roundtable discussion. 


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The impacts of the Mueller Investigation and the long-awaited report may well be decided by ‘What Happens Next.’ Syracuse University Political Science Professor Grant Reeher wonders if Democrats might continue the investigation too long looking for enough evidence of a crime or wrongdoing.


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Suburbanites are stepping up to the challenge of getting more people engaged and open to a Community Grid option to replace the I-81 viaduct through Syracuse. Coran Klaver is the Founder of Syracuse Suburbs for the Grid and lives in DeWitt but, just on the outskirts of the city and nearby Syracuse University where she is a professor.

“The people who live in the cities and the suburbs we are all connected; we are not at odds with each other. We can’t help but be connected, and so let’s be responsible to one another,” Klaver said.  

CNY Congressmembers Feel Generally Optimistic After State of the Union Address

Feb 6, 2019
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Central New York's representatives in Congress wanted to hear a desire for bipartisanship in President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. What they got was a president who spoke of collaboration on some issues, but emphasized other areas of division.  WAER spoke with both Republican John Katko and Democrat Anthony Brindisi to get their reactions and to see what it means for Congress going forward.


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The partial government shutdown is on the verge of becoming the longest ever, and GOP Congressmember John Katko says it didn’t have to happen.  He has voted with Democrats on five bills in the last week to fund the government…but NOT $5.7 billion for the border wall. 


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Election day is less than three weeks away, and Congressmember John Katko says it’s time for his opponent to denounce what he calls a radical and out-of-touch resistance group.

"If Dana Balter is serious about being a bipartisan voice for our community in Washington, she should step down immiediately  from the CNY Solidarity Coalition.  She should disavow their radical activities, and should pledge to the district that she won't campaign with them."


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The ongoing debate over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, in Congress appears to have taken on new meaning in light of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Those who advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual assault in Central New York feels lawmaker’s support of a long-term solution will speak volumes about where they stand.

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Syracuse’s P-tech school at the Institute of technology received a guest Monday that they hope will champion the program on a national level. 

First daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump praised the school, local colleges, and business partners for their roles in preparing the local workforce.

Ms. Trump hosted a roundtable discussion to learn more about how the specialized high school curriculum connects students to local companies through mentorships and job shadowing, which could lead to future jobs. 

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Members of Syracuse’s Sudanese community are urging Congress to not ease sanctions against Sudan’s violent leader.  Today's announcement was part of a nationwide day of action to support Sudanese people. 

Abraham Dut Deng was one of the first Lost Boys of Sudan to come to New York.  He ended up in Syracuse along with other refugees fleeing deadly violence.  His message aimed at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congress Member John Katko is to keep pressure and sanctions on the government of Omar al-Bashir.

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