John Katko endorsed by clean energy advocacy group in CNY House race | Politics


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U.S. Congressman John Katko speaks during a naturalization ceremony at The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn.

A group that has supported U.S. Rep. John Katko in past elections is once again endorsing the Republican congressman in the 24th Congressional District race. 

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, which formed to engage Republican lawmakers on clean energy policies, endorsed Katko, R-Camillus, on Wednesday. Katko is seeking a fourth term representing the central New York district, which includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western part of Oswego County. 

Heather Reams, executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, told The Citizen Tuesday that Katko has a “long record” on clean energy issues. She also lauded his focus on balancing economic, energy and environmental needs. 

“That commonsense balance is just something that I think Republicans are not only starting to embrace, but Congressman Katko has been one of the early Republicans to walk that line of recognizing the value of the economy and environment,” Reams said. “It’s not one or the other. You can do both.”

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions highlighted Katko’s legislative record, including his cosponsorship of eight bills in the House of Representatives. The measures include legislation that would extend an energy tax credit for renewable resources, establish an investment tax credit for nuclear power plants and encouraging the development of renewable energy on public lands. 

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