At Capitol dinner, Katko asks Tillerson for help with Lake Ontario water levels

It was a chance encounter, but it may be the first step in revisiting a water management plan affecting communities along Lake Ontario in U.S. Rep. John Katko’s district.

Before President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Katko went to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office in the Capitol for dinner. It was an informal gathering. The meal was served on paper plates in a cramped conference.

There were other members of Congress and Cabinet officials present. Not long after Katko arrived, he noticed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in the room.

After eating his dinner, Katko said he approached Tillerson and had a 20-minute conversation about Lake Ontario levels and Plan 2014, a controversial water management strategy. After flooding affected communities along the lake last year, Katko and other officials blamed Plan 2014 for the high water levels.

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