GOP Congressional Candidate John Katko Targets Gas Taxes, Infrastructure Plan

Jul 2, 2014

Most Central New Yorkers are probably keeping an eye on the price at the gas pumps as we head into the holiday weekend.  The Republican Candidate for the 24th Congressional District is partially blaming his opponent for not allowing prices to go down.  John Katko claims that Democratic Congressmember Dan Maffei voted against a bill last week that would have lowered the Federal gas tax.  

GOP Congressional candidate John Katko in front of the Pilot Travel Center on 7th North Street.
GOP Congressional candidate John Katko in front of the Pilot Travel Center on 7th North Street.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

  He stood near a gas station on 7th North Street in Liverpool.

“This bill would have reopened offshore drilling that was closed and forbidden by Obama. This bill would have eliminated some red tape on gas and oil production in the United States.  It would have accessed national petroleum reserves; all with the idea to lower the burden on Americans with gas prices.” 

Katko is also critical of Maffei’s infrastructure plan unveiled last week.  Like Maffei, he also wants necessary roads and bridges, as well as the best possible solution for the I-81 viaduct through Syracuse.  However, he feels Maffei’s high speed rail proposal is a bad idea.

“It all sounds good and sounds exciting, but do we really know how well it’s going to perform and much it’s going to really reduce costs, travel time between here and Buffalo or here in Albany.  And is there really a demand for it or is this something they hope will create a demand?”  

Katko says Maffei failed to explain how to pay for his infrastructure plan.  Maffei told WAER  last week that he wanted to develop an Infrastructure Development Bank with public participation at the local and national levels.  Maffei’s Campaign Manager calls Katko’s attacks "desperate and dishonest."  He also tells us that Representative Maffei voted against increasing the gas tax last week because it would actually burden working families and small businesses…while rewarding big oil companies that already receive billions in yearly tax breaks.