Byrne Welcomes ACCE to Hudson Valley at Putnam County Luncheon

Posted: October 4, 2022 in In the News, Taxes
Pictured Left to Right: Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Penobscot County (Maine) Commissioner & ACCE Director Andre Cushing and ACCE Outreach Lead Bill Dumais

September 29, 2022 – Southeast, NY: Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, state chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for New York, and representatives from the American City County Exchange (ACCE) successfully partnered to host a special legislative luncheon with a variety of county and local government officials from Putnam, Westchester, Orange and Dutchess counties to discuss the benefits of ACCE and its promotion of policies that follow principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. 

The luncheon, which was held at the Southeast Grille House in Brewster, NY featured welcoming remarks from Assemblyman Byrne as the host and from Penobscot County (Maine) Commissioner Andre Cushing and ACCE outreach lead member Bill Dumais, who each made the trip to Putnam County from Maine and Washington, D.C. respectively. In addition to discussing ACCE’s core principles, Cushing and Dumais discussed how ACCE members can utilize their nation-wide network to assist in navigating complex issues, identifying best practices, and crafting policy changes to best serve their respective localities.

ACCE, which is only about eight years old, is an affiliate of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which has a longer 50 plus year history in the United States and whose mission is to nationally engage state elected officials with leaders in business and industry to advance the principles of limited government and free market solutions. ACCE provides an unmatched forum for innovative policy solutions to be developed and shared between various levels of government across all states in America.

“The American City County Exchange is an incredible resource for officials who value limited government and freedom. I’m grateful to both Andre and Bill for visiting with our elected officials in Putnam County and the greater Hudson Valley region,” said Byrne. “As the outgoing state chair of ALEC I know how valuable this organization can be for elected leaders at the state-level. Networking with officials across the country and exchanging ideas to navigate complex issues is a tremendous help. Again, I thank them for taking the time to introduce ACCE to the tristate region and for allowing me to host them.”

Andre Cushing, Penobscot County Commissioner & ACCE Director added, “I was delighted to join Assemblyman Byrne and to meet many of the dedicated local officials in the region who work hard each day serving their communities and citizens.  At the American City County Exchange (ACCE) we value the insight of elected officials who serve at all levels of government.  We and our American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) colleagues support elected officials throughout their journey in public service by helping them share best practices and innovative solutions. We welcome all who believe in limited government, free markets, and federalism to join us.” 

“Thank you to Andre Cushing and Bill Dumais for coming to Putnam County and giving an informative presentation,” said Amy Sayegh, Putnam County Legislator, District 8. “A special thanks to Southeast Grille and Assemblyman Byrne for hosting a great afternoon as well.”

“Thank you to Assemblyman Byrne for helping to organize a great networking event,” said Rob Scorrano, Somers Town Supervisor. “It was a pleasure to listen to Andre Cushing and Bill Dumais’ presentation. It was very informative, and you can never have too many resources when in government.

The American City County Exchange (ACCE) is America’s only non-partisan forum for local government officials who believe taxpayers should come first in every decision. Always putting their neighbors and constituents first, ACCE members learn from other local decision makers and industry experts about issues, processes, and problem-solving strategies for the key issues in their communities.  Provided with important policy education, local decision makers become more informed and better equipped to serve the needs of their communities.

Learn more about ACCE and its parent organization ALEC online at and

The above information was previously distributed and made public for immediate release by the Office of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne