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Week in Review | March 30, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman John Katko
Week in Review


Addressing Water Infrastructure Challenges Plaguing Central New York


Nearly one year ago, I stood on the shore of Owasco Lake in Cayuga County to talk about the need to improve water infrastructure in our community and my commitment to lead that fight in Congress
. Since then, Central New York has continued to face significant water infrastructure challenges, especially with the recent detection of Harmful Algal Blooms in Skaneateles Lake.  That’s why I’ve continued to fight to ensure our community has the resources it needs to provide clean drinking water to families and businesses.

This week, I was joined by a bipartisan group of local lawmakers and advocates in Skaneateles to announce that, because of my efforts, we have achieved a significant funding increase to study and help mitigate Harmful Algal Blooms. In addition, I’m proud to have delivered an increase in funding to the State Revolving Funds to assist state and local governments with water infrastructure needs, and to reauthorize the Brownfields Program, which provides the funding necessary to rehabilitate blighted land.  I’ll continue to work alongside our local advocates to ensure communities throughout this district have access to clean, safe drinking water.


 
Wins for Central New York in the Omnibus Bill


In addition to addressing the water infrastructure needs of our district, the Omnibus bill that Congress passed and the President signed into law contains several
significant wins for Central New York.  It includes provisions that I advocated for to bolster access to mental healthcare, provide funding for programs critical to our community like Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), improve access to housing, invest significantly in the opioid epidemic plaguing our community, and prioritize school safety.

Spefifically, the bill includes:

In addition to spearheading the above initiatives, I was able to successfully advocate for several additional priority items for Central New York including: 
  • Making the largest investment to date in combating the opioid epidemic by addressing prevention and treatment and providing grants to states and localities to help offset law enforcement costs associated with opioid abuse.
  • Providing an $85 million increase in lead hazard reduction grants and funding increases for several key housing programs.

  • Investing in school safety by providing over $2.3 billion in new funding for mental health, training, and school safety efforts to keep schools and students safe.
  • Focusing on advancing primary and secondary education by increasing funding for early childhood programs such as HeadStart, Preschool Development Grants, and IDEA Special Education Grants.
  • Prioritizing veterans care by authorizing an additional $10 million for the veterans crisis line, as well as investing in suicide prevention outreach and VA mental health services.
  • Strengthening our national security by providing funding to combat terrorism, bolster aviation security technology, and provide the biggest increase in defense funding in 15 years to fully fund our nation’s military and give troops a pay raise.

Legislative Update: Bipartisan Commission to Address Mass Shootings


As a father, I was heartbroken by the senseless shooting that occurred last month in Parkland, Florida
As a legislator, I recognize that Congress must take action. That's why I've announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D, TX-28) to create a commission tasked with developing recommendations for policymakers on how to properly address issues related to the safety and security of our nation’s children. Despite the current divide in Washington, I am confident there are areas in which we can find consensus – but doing so will require having conversations that make both sides of the aisle uncomfortable. Gun violence has decreased dramatically nationwide, yet, the number of mass shootings continues to rise at an alarming rate. The bipartisan legislation I have introduced with Rep. Cuellar would bring together individuals and groups from across the political spectrum to examine this challenge, and, I’m hopeful will yield productive results.


Urging FEMA to Reconsider Relief for Cayuga & Onondaga Counties


Recently, FEMA declined to issue a major disaster declaration to provide assistance to fifteen counties across Upstate New York, including Cayuga & Onondaga Counties, which suffered damage as a result of storms this past July. 
In issuing this denial, FEMA noted that the damage followed the occurrence of multiple storms, instead of one distinct event.  However, FEMA has routinely grouped multiple storms together to grant aid in the past, and communities in Upstate New York remain in serious need of federal assistance to mitigate damages.  Becuase of this, I called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reconsider its denial of major disaster declaration relief. The damage to our municipalities, property owners, farmers, and local businesses has been tremendous, and without proper aid, these costs will continue to rise and affect our communities. I joined my colleagues in urging FEMA to reconsider its decision and will continue working at home to support our local and county governments as they work to rebuild.


 
Standing Against Domestic Violence


I spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to
recognize the important work of Vera House, Inc. and to support the annual #WhiteRibbonCampaign to stop domestic violence and sexual abuse.  As a former federal prosecutor, I have seen firsthand how domestic violence affects people of all ages, races, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. I am proud to join the thousands of Central New Yorkers who will wear a white ribbon this month to stand against violence against women, men, and children. You can watch my remarks on the floor of the House by clicking below. 


In addition to speaking on the floor, I was honored to once again join hundreds of Central New Yorkers to march downtown Syracuse for the annual White Ribbon Campaign Walk.





Celebrating 50 Years of PEACE Inc. in Central New York


For fifty years PEACE, Inc. has played an essential role in helping people in our community grow and realize their potential.  
I was honored to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize this occasion. You can watch my remarks by clicking below. 


Around Central New York


Diabetes affects over 30 million Americans, which is almost 10 percent of the U.S. population
. I had a great meeting with the American Diabetes Association, as well as local advocates from Upstate Medical University to discuss the work I have done to fund diabetes research. Thank you for all of your hard work to raise awareness about this disease, and your research to develop a cure.


Ahead of the Syracuse v. Duke basketball game, I rallied to cheer on the Orange with CNY Central and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse.  Despite the outcome, we had a great time! 

 


Great to be in Cayuga County to support Nick's Ride 4 Friends and the tremendous grassroots work being done in our community to combat the heroin epidemic. Joel Campagnola started this organization in memory of his son, Nick, and to support those in our community struggling with addiction. Proud to fight alongside these advocates in Washington.




Enjoyed meeting with employees at Target in Camillus. We had a positive conversation on the Tax Cut & Jobs Act, and its impact in our community
. Target raised their wages late last year to retain cashiers and stockers and increased its entry-level wage for employees. I supported tax reform because I am confident this legislation will allow families in our community to keep more of their hard earned money each month and I’m glad we’re seeing results here in Central New York.



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John Katko (NY-24)
Member of Congress

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CALLING ALL CENTRAL NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS!


Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.
The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 24th District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please click HERE.  
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