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The House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday that would limit President Donald Trump’s ability to take further military action against Iran. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) was one of only eight Democrats to vote against the resolution, which would require the President to seek approval from Congress before launching any attacks on Iran or its proxies unless in the case of an immediate threat to the U.S..

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The U.S. and Canadian governments plan to undertake a study to assess Plan 2014, the water management plan used to help regulate the water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has introduced legislation in the House to name a Fayetteville Post Office after a World War II veteran from central New York. 

Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson says when Katko's office reached out to him about whom to name the local Post Office after, the feedback was unanimous.

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The House of Representative's impeachment vote not only has political consequences for President Donald Trump, but also for the those who supported and opposed it.

Grant Reeher, Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and a professor of political science at Syracuse University, doesn't mince words about the significance of this moment for both central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), who voted against impeachment, and Mohawk Valley Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), who voted to impeach.

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This week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The vote was mostly along partly lines. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) voted against the articles of impeachement. While the House was debating the articles Wednesday, Katko sat down for this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. Katko explains why he voted against impeachment, and other issues. 

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Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The vote was largely along party lines. As the House debated two articles of impeachment against Trump, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) sat down for an interview with Grant Reeher for this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. In this preview, Katko explains why he voted against impeachment. 

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The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday evening, mostly split upon party lines. Upstate New York representatives followed suit.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) was elected last year in a district won heavily by President Trump in 2016. He was one of around a dozen Democrats watched closely as they considered their vote going into this week, but ultimately came out in support of impeachment.

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The House of Representatives will be debating and voting on articles of impeachment against President Trump starting at 9 a.m. on December 18. This vote follows a 14-hour debate by the House Judiciary Committee on December 12. The committee approved two articles of impeachment on a party-line 23-17 vote, making Trump just the fourth president in American history to face impeachment by the House. 

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Congressmen in two of central New York’s swing districts will be voting along party lines in this week’s impeachment vote in Washington.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) announced Tuesday morning that he will vote with a majority of Democrats to impeach President Trump. As recently Monday, he said he wasn’t sure how he was going to vote, but admitted it was one of the toughest decisions of his political career. And he promised that the politics of running as a Democrat in a district that voted overwhelmingly for Trump three years ago, doesn’t play into his decision.

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Bipartisan legislation, recently introduced in Congress, would increase funding for local domestic violence and sexual assault service agencies. Workers with those agencies said it would help keep the lights on, enhance certain services and reach underserved communities.  

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said so far, the evidence laid out in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. Katko said it all goes back to a July phone call, where Trump asked the Ukrainian president for an investigation into his political rival, Joe Biden. 

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Politicians will be digging deep into the early voting statistics from this year, the first year it has been available to voters in New York state, and it could alter some strategies in races going forward.

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The House of Representatives voted 232-196 Thursday to pass a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Central and northern New York's members of Congress voted along party lines on the resolution. 

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has introduced legislation that would increase funding for local suicide crisis call centers. It's part of an effort to address the issues and end the stigma of suicide and mental health. 

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Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said Monday that the decision by House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump was the wrong one.

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and his potential Democratic challengers are reacting to a House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. This comes as an account of the call was released, by the White House, showing Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Trump’s potential presidential rival, Joe Biden. All three of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District, say Trump pressured a foreign power to investigate a political rival for U.S. aid.

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Not surprisingly, most of central and northern New York's members of Congress, who are Republicans, do not support the formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday. 

In a statement, central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) called Pelosi's announcement a "dramatic overstep."

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This week, central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) brought acting administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pete Gaynor, to tour some of the flooding damage along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The purpose was to figure out how to get funding for those affected. 

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) hosted a roundtable with local officials and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, to discuss the severity of cyberattacks and how to address them. This comes after more than 20 school districts in central New York were affected by a national data breach, which compromised student names, dates of birth, ID numbers and some email addresses. 

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Protesters in Syracuse are demanding Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) do something on gun control following the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Protesters also want Katko to call out the racism and xenophobia, they said is coming from President Donald Trump and rising in the U.S. 

The federal government’s congressional watchdog agency is taking a look at a controversial plan that helps adjust water levels on Lake Ontario.

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New York State will add relief to homeowners to a program meant to rebuild and recover from record high water levels along the Lake Ontario shoreline this year.

Local governments and businesses have already submitted applications for part of the $300 million Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, also known as REDI. Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow said his city’s application focuses on raising parts of the Wright's Landing Marina, as well as other improvements to the marina and the International Pier.

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Former Holocaust refugees and their families were among the speakers at an event honoring the 75th anniversary of nearly 1,000 refugees arriving from Europe to Fort Ontario in Oswego during World War II. Fort Ontario was the only emergency shelter for victims of the Holocaust in the United States. 

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said Monday, following two mass shootings that left more than 30 dead and dozens more injured, said something needs to be done to stop these violent acts from happening. 

"It's not enough to be saddened, it's not enough to be heartbroken, it's not enough to send your love out to the families," Katko said. "It's we do something about it. It's well past time."

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A bipartisan group of representatives from New York is trying to pass legislation that would fund a study that could help states address the issue of rising water levels in the Great Lakes. 

The proposed Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study would be a collaboration between federal agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA and the eight states that are positioned along the five lakes. It would analyze weather patterns and lake level fluctuations.

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said President Donald Trump’s tweets, telling progressive Democratic congresswomen to go back and fix the places they came from, were unequivocally wrong and beneath the office of the presidency. But protesters in Syracuse were unsatisfied by Katko’s remarks. 

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Central New York could be getting a boost in its fight against lead poisoning, following a visit to Syracuse Friday from Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Carson got an earful about challenges facing a community where 11% of children test positive for lead poisoning. He believes it is an issue that can be solved.

"It's something that if we focus on appropriately, and we do the appropriate types of treatment, we can get it under control," said Carson at a roundtable discussion Friday.

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Six years after a brutal murder and rape in central New York, by a man who was on pretrial release, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) is introducing a bill to review the pretrial release system across the country. It would focus on the monitoring practices for those on pretrial release. 

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Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, a measure aimed at increasing election security.

 

The legislation authorizes some funding to states to secure their election systems. It also requires those states to regularly audit those systems and make sure they utilize paper ballots.

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As high water continues to cause damage along the Lake Ontario shoreline, members of the International Joint Commission, the U.S./Canadian organization that helps control water levels, are at times defending Plan 2014, that many blame for high water. But they are also open to the idea that some tweaks to the plan could mitigate the flooding in the future.  

The debate raging along the lakefront essentially comes down to this. Is devastating flooding in two of the last three years the result of near record amounts of rainfall? Or is it caused by Plan 2014?

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