CNY Solidarity Coalition

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About two dozen Syracuse-area residents criticized Congressmember John Katko Friday for his social media posts suggesting that Target employees received raises because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  President of Unite Local 150, Ann Marie Taliercio  was among those from the CNY Solidarity coalition who gathered for a demonstration in front of Katko’s office building.  She says the post wasn’t true, and that the state's rising minimum wage is to credit.

Trump Administration Small Business Roundtable Met By Tax Reform Protestors

Nov 6, 2017
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A Trump administration official made a stop in Syracuse Monday to hear what small business owners had to say about the economic climate in New York.  Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon was joined by Congressmembers John Katko and Claudia Tenney at the Tech Garden.  McMahon shared her own experiences businesses that range from coffee and machinery to hospitality and fitness.

The Syracuse Democratic Mayoral Primary is tomorrow, but many residents might not know where the candidates stand on the issues.  So, a group of community based organizations has compiled a comprehensive look at the candidate’s positions. National Action Network, Syracuse Chapter Education Chair Talina Jones says they’re trying to empower voters after the 2016 presidential election left many feeling disheartened.

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Congressmember John Katko is calling former FBI Director James Comey a man of exceptional integrity who did the best job he could under the circumstances.  Both men worked together when they were federal prosecutors.  

Katko says Comey had an impossible job…he was adored and loathed by both democrats and republicans…for different reasons.    But the congressman says the FBI as an agency is top notch…and will continue to investigate Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Mark Rupert

About 400 people showed up at a Town Hall on Preserving Democracy to share opinions and ask questions of Congress Member John Katko – who wasn’t there. 

People voiced concerns about health care and not wanting a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, about funding for Planned Parenthood and family planning services, about climate change and other environmental concerns, about education, and about honesty of the President.

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Ever since the Trump Administration entered the White House in January, local groups have been vocal about expressing their thoughts concerning policies on immigration, proposed federal spending cuts or plans to replace Obamacare.  This weekend, one group has decided to create their own public town hall meeting after requests for Congressmember John Katko to hold - in person - town halls never happened.  The gathering will be hosted by the C.N.Y. Solidarity Coalition.  Federal legislative team member Donna Oppedisano thinks the audience will hear more of those consistent messages.

Jacqueline King, center, was among nearly 300 demonstrators at the federal building Thursday.
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Hundreds of Central New Yorkers braved the wind, cold, and snow by the federal building Thursday to call on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to lead the charge to resist President Trump’s cabinet appointments. The rally was part of a statewide day of action  to show support for Schumer.  Despite their efforts, democrats are in a losing battle so far to delay or altogether stop the confirmation process.   



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Several dozen people took to the streets Monday to have their voices heard – and want you to raise yours – in opposition to Trump Administration cabinet picks who deny climate change.  Local groups joined a national call to block certain appointments.