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Katko Sets ‘Aggressive, but Necessary’ Agenda Focused on Serving Central New York

SYRACUSE, NY – Rep. John Katko Tuesday (Feb. 17) set forth his priorities for his inaugural term in Congress. Katko has pledged to work with both parties to help grow the local economy, create jobs and improve everyday life for Central New York. His efforts will be supported by continuous engagement with his constituents.

“Fighting for Central New York is my highest priority in Congress,” Katko said. “I look forward to engaging with constituents across NY-24 and explaining my plans to be an effective advocate for them at the federal level.”

Katko’s priorities include:

· Engaging in an ongoing discussion of the I-81 rebuilding project with stakeholders and local officials to ensure a balanced and comprehensive consideration of options for the rebuild, while ensuring that local and state needs are heard at the federal level.

· Fighting for affordable higher education and supporting our local education institutions.

· Supporting policies that improve health care in Central New York through lower costs and expanded access for families, veterans, and senior citizens, while supporting our vast local infrastructure of health care providers and hospitals.

· Protecting Central New York’s agriculture community.

· Working for policies that promote economic growth in Central New York and engaging with local small-businesses, manufacturers and chambers of commerce.

· Supporting Central New York tourism efforts such as the Harriet Tubman House in Cayuga County as well as Fort Ontario and the Safe Haven in Oswego County.

· Prioritizing a commitment to veterans by visiting local Veterans Affairs Medical Facilities, establishing a Veterans Advisory Council, and working to hold the VA accountable while supporting its mission.

· Creating an adolescent mental health care task force to address gaps in pediatric mental health care services in Central New York.

· Initiating a local conversation on the heroin epidemic in Central New York and around the nation by working with local, state and federal officials to combat this growing problem.

· Providing forums for community approaches toward solving generational poverty, not only in Syracuse but also in Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties.

· Protecting American interests and national security by working towards safer travel across our nation and keeping our borders secure.

Just over one month after being sworn in as Central New York’s representative in Congress, Rep. Katko has already begun to work with community groups and civic leaders throughout the district to address the collective challenges of Central New Yorkers.

“In most of these named priority areas, I have already begun the discussion with local people on the front lines,” Katko said. “It is critically important that we support local economic opportunity while addressing looming social needs.  It all adds up to fighting for Central New York.”

Katko said he will report regularly on progress and stressed the need for comment and participation by all.

“If I have missed issues that need addressing, I’m sure I’ll be reminded by constituents, and I welcome that input,” he said.

Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne counties and a portion of Oswego County.

For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko