Byrne Takes On New Leadership Role As Member of Ways & Means

Posted: December 22, 2020 in In the News
Assemblyman Byrne participates in budget hearing from previous year

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, Ref-Mahopac) is pleased to report Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay has appointed him to the prestigious Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, in addition to reappointing him to variousother leadership roles and committees. Byrne will remain the ranking minority member on the Assembly Health Committee and chair of the Assembly Minority Program Committee, in addition to maintaining his various positions on senior committees including the Insurance, Labor, Transportation and Governmental Operations committees. 

“The Assembly Republican Conference has been the voice of reason in Albany, and I thank our Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay for entrusting me to these various leadership positions,” said Byrne. “Our state faces a crushing deficit and already has one of the largest state budgets in the nation. We know we can and must do better. As a new member of the Ways and Means Committee, I will be front and center at many of our state’s budget hearings and committee discussions on fiscal policy and spending. This will be critical as we fight for tax relief and prepare for a sorely needed post-pandemic economicrecovery.”

“We must also remain vigilant in our effort to expandaccess to quality healthcare while preserving patients’ rights to choose how they want to pay and plan for their own healthcare needs. To that end, I’m extremely excited to continue my work as the ranking minority member on the Assembly Health Committee.”

Since he was first elected, Assemblyman Byrne has been appointed to various leadership roles, having previously served as ranking member of the Aging Committee, vice chair of the Assembly Minority Steering Committee, and co-chair of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Critical Infrastructure & Transportation. This is in addition to Byrne’s service since 2018 as the state chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntarymembership organization of state legislators dedicated to theprinciples of limited government, free markets and federalism. Byrne was also named a 2020 Emerging Leader by GoPAC, a nationally recognized organization that focuses on building a healthy roster of tested republican leaders ready to run for higher office.

The 2021 Legislative Session is scheduled to begin on Jan.6, 2021.

Assemblyman Byrne represents NY’s 94th Assembly District which includes portions of Putnam and Westchester counties. Byrne is the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Health and serves as chair of the Assembly Minority Program Committee. He was first elected in 2016 and brings a diverse background to the Assembly, including having served as a member of the Putnam Valley Town Planning Board; deputy district director for a member of congress; regional director for the American Heart Association; firefighter, EMT-B and president of his local volunteer fire department; as well as assistant scoutmaster for the Boys Scouts of America. Kevin holds a B.A from the University of Scranton and M.P.A. from Marist College concentrating in healthcare administration. He lives with his wife and son in Mahopac, NY.