U.S. Congressman John Katko | E-Newsletter
Week in Review | May 6, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman John Katko
Week in Review
 

Working Across Party Lines to Achieve Results for Central New York

I am honored to be named the 7th most bipartisan member in Congress, from either party, by The Lugar Center's nonpartisan review. I have consistently worked to be an independent voice for Central New York in Congress. That means working across party lines to deliver results. I truly believe that by working together we can achieve more, and my record in Congress reflects that. Through my bipartisan efforts, I’ve had ten bills pass the House with two signed into law this Congress, and will continue to work across party lines to address the priorities of my district.
 


Working to End Suicide, Provide Greater Resources


Proud to work with Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and the Congressional Mental Health Caucus to stop suicide
. Suicide does not see race, gender, or political party, so we must all work together to share hope. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Click here or below to see our video message.



Long-Term FAA Reauthorization Prioritizes
Central New York Economy


With my support, the House recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act
This is a five-year bill which provides long-term stability for the nation’s aviation community, continues investment in U.S. airports, and makes necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation. Importantly for Central New York, this legislation reauthorizes the Griffiss NUAIR test site for 6 years and prioritizes the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) work already underway at the site. The UAS industry has already begun to generate great economic growth in our region.  With one of six designated FAA test sites located here in Upstate New York at Griffiss International Airport, this legislation will allow our region to continue to grow as a hub for national research as we work to integrate UAS into the national airspace. 

This legislation also includes provisions I authored to create a remote air traffic control tower pilot program to study technology that would give smaller, remote airports the opportunity to obtain affordable and safe air traffic control. 



Recognizing 125 Years of the Syracuse Boys and Girls Club in CNY


Honored to celebrate 125 years of the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse! As part of this occasion, the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation announced a significant investment to ensure the important programming the Boys & Girls Club offers remains available in our community.


It was my honor to enter a statement into the Congressional Record to memorialize the occasion. 


Celebrating the 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Proud to announce that Joan Hodges from Union Springs is the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Her artwork, entitled “Backseat” will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year! I was glad to welcome Joan, her parents, and her art teacher to my office to celebrate her talent.



Thanking Central New York Veterans 

It was an honor and privilege to attend the Honor Flight Syracuse reception to celebrate local veterans
. Thank you to the dedicated Honor Flight Syracuse team for working around the clock to honor the brave men and women on the recent Mission 11 trip.




Seeing the Benefits of Tax Reform in CNY


Over the past several weeks, I’ve spent time visiting with local farmers, small businesses, and manufacturers across NY-24 to learn more about how tax reform has impacted CNY industries
. In Congress, I have consistently advocated for and supported policies that help small businesses hire locally, reduce unemployment in our region, and allow Central New Yorkers to keep more of their hard earned money each month.  

IEC Electronics is an electronic manufacturing company based in Wayne County
. I enjoyed learning about how this company creates electronic systems for the medical, aerospace, and defense industries and employees over 460 people in Newark. IEC Electronics recently announced it will spend $22 million to create a new state of art facility and create over 350 new jobs in Wayne County.


Since 1990, Ultralife Corporation has been manufacturing chargeable and non-rechargeable batteries for power delivery systems.  Here in CNY, Ultralife produces crucial equipment and communications systems for our defense industry. I was able to visit Ultralife’s Newark facility, which serves as its Battery & Energy System Company headquarters.


Dynalec Corporation first came to Sodus, New York in 1973. Today, Dynalec manufactures communication systems, navigation systems, and electronic equipment for the U.S. Navy. Glad to meet with the hardworking employees of Dynalec and to learn more about how the technology produced right here in NY-24 is used in the interior of Naval Ships. 


Currier Plastics, Inc. is one of the few facilities in the U.S. that creates all of its components in a single location. I enjoyed visiting the Auburn facility and learning how this local business serves the medical, food & beverage, and electronics industries.



It was a pleasure in meeting both Greg Wrona and Jim Cummings, of D&W Diesel, Inc. Employing over 300 people locally, D & W has rapidly grown to be one of the leading industrial companies headquartered in Central New York.

Founded on the site of the former Miller Brewing Campus, the 1886 Malt House in Fulton is one of the largest craft malting facilities in the country. Although this hometown company was founded in 2016, the owners use “1886” to commemorate the year that the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States. Glad to visit this company and its employees!


Based in Oswego County, Novelis is a leader in domestic and international manufacturing and has long been a major economic driver here in Central New York. Glad to check in with employees to discuss the benefits of tax reform and learn more about this company’s production of aluminum for Ford’s F-Series.



Northland Filter has been providing replacement HVAC air filters for over 20 years in Central New York. I enjoyed touring the local facility and learning more about how this business operates. In Congress, I will always support policies that create jobs and allow our local businesses to thrive in our community.


Great stopping by Taste the World, Specialty Foods & Coffee in the City of Oswego for coffee! Always proud to support local small businesses.


I always enjoy visiting with the hardworking men and women at Huhtamaki in Fulton. During my recent visit, we spoke about the positive impact of tax reform on our local manufacturers, and discussed my support in Congress for job training programs to grow our workforce. An increased investment in workforce development will enable local companies to produce higher quality products and remain competitive on the world stage. I remain committed to fighting for these programs in Washington.

Had a great discussion with local and small businesses from Oswego County at a recent meeting of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. At our meeting, I was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise Award” for my support of pro-growth economic policies to help bolster jobs and wages in Central New York.



Good to hear directly from members of the Wayne County Business Council
on the benefits of tax reform in Wayne County and how it is creating a climate for small businesses to be successful and reinvest in our local workforce. 



Finally, as Congress prepares to vote on the upcoming Farm Bill
, I hosted a meeting with my Agricultural Advisory Committee to discuss policies to help our farmers succeed in Central New York. I will always support and advocate for our country’s farmers and ranchers, and I am grateful for all the input I received at our roundtable discussion.   



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Sincerely,
John Katko (NY-24)
Member of Congress

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