Your Stories: Katko responds to request for more town hall style meetings

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Congressman John Katko is responding to protests from last week, where members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition stood outside his Syracuse office asking him to hold a town hall style meeting later this month.

Across the country, members of Congress have held similar meetings, but they have sometimes become confrontational.

"This is a movement nationwide, where the whole purpose is to get you in front of the camera with several hundred angry people and not let you talk," Katko said.

Katko has held several telephone town hall events where people from across the district can participate at once. He has also held "listening sessions" which often focus on a single topic, such as heroin or agriculture.

"We're going to be doing what we've done since the beginning," Katko said.

A petition from CNY Solidarity to encourage Katko to hold a broad Q&A-style town hall meeting has received over 600 signatures. 

"I'm not going to let a small, vocal group dictate my business," Katko said. "But I'm going to continue to make myself available."

Katko represents New York's 24th Congressional District, which covers all of Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne Counties, as well as part of Oswego County.

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