As someone who has lived in Putnam County for 48 years, I struggle to remember the last time we’ve had a representative in the Assembly who has been as effective as Assemblyman Kevin Byrne.
I have known Kevin for a long time and I saw him as a young man who would represent me in Albany with an enthusiasm long overdue. When Kevin mentioned to me that he was thinking of running for the Assembly from my district, I pledged my support immediately and I’ve watched him work and grow over the years –constantly serving and delivering results for the people of Putnam County. Despite being outnumbered by an increasingly radicalized Assembly majority controlled by extremists in New York City, he finds ways to deliver for us here at home.
If you’re looking for examples, you don’t have to look very far. Start by looking up how many bills he passed in the Assembly since he started serving in 2017. He passed an impressive 19 bills (more than nearly any other state Assembly member with the same length of service regardless of party affiliation), all designed to support various local needs for our region. Each of his bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
These bills included designating multiple local lakes as inland waterways to enable local municipalities to apply and compete for revitalization grants from the state; dedicating new parkland in the Town of Southeast; assisting towns with legislation to help welcome new prospective businesses like the Alexandrion Group Distillery in Carmel and ProSwing Sports in Southeast; allowing local parks in Yorktown to lease advertisement space to bring in revenue to support local recreation without further using property taxes; and passing legislation to honor military heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice like Maj. Clayton Carpenter.
These legislative accomplishments are only a glimpse at the much larger accomplishments Assemblyman Byrne has made for our area. For years, our region’s state roadways were neglected by the state Department of Transportation. Under Assemblyman Byrne’s watch, as the sole state representative on the Transportation Committee representing both Westchester and Putnam counties, the repaving sections of Routes 22, 6, 52, 139, 100, 118 and the Taconic State Parkway, in addition to the construction of the Pudding Street overpass, all moved forward.
Kevin is not some hyper-partisan zealot. He works with whomever he has to in order to get the job done. The proof is in his results. Assemblyman Byrne’s dedication to his constituents – our neighbors – is refreshing and is quite frankly something we’ve not had in the Assembly in well over a decade. I am proud to have him representing me and my family, and look forward to supporting him this November. You can learn more about Kevin at www.Byrne4NY.com.