September 1, 2020 / Carmel, NY – The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Police Benevolent Association is the most recent among a growing list of law enforcement agencies to voice their strong support of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne as he seeks re-election.
Assemblyman Byrne thanked the members of the PBA, “I have been privileged to live in Putnam County my entire life. Despite the challenges many of us continue to face throughout this pandemic, I still consider our region blessed, and that is in part because we are protected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by some of the finest men and women in uniform around. During my time as a volunteer firefighter and EMT, I was honored to work with members of the sheriff’s dept. on many emergency scenes. Their professionalism is second to none and they deserve to have their voice heard in Albany. I am honored to have their support so I can continue to serve as that voice in the Assembly.”
In a letter to the Assemblyman announcing the endorsement, PBA President Daniel Hunsberger and the PBA Executive Board said, “It is our pleasure to inform you that the Putnam County Sheriff’s PBA has voted to formally endorse your candidacy for re-election to the NYS Assembly. Since first elected in 2016, you have continued to demonstrate a true and sincere effort to listen to and work with members of law enforcement.
The PBA continued, “As a former first responder, serving as both a firefighter and EMT, you served directly with members of law enforcement on hundreds of calls and understand from personal experience the crucial contribution all of our first responders make, especially our brothers and sisters in blue. Your ties to the community, our members and their families is greatly appreciated and your work has not gone unnoticed.”
“We have been forced to face many challenges due to the action of the New York State Legislature and its political leaders. You have been there for us every step of the way. Your work opposing the hasty elimination of cash bail and the full repeal of 50-a of the Civil Rights Law has shown us that we need advocates like you, now more than ever.”
“The Putnam County Sheriff’s PBA has your back, and we will be sure to encourage all our members and their loved ones to vote for you this upcoming November.”
This endorsement comes on the heels of endorsements from other first responders organizations including the Westchester Affiliated Police Associations, Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters I.A.F.F. Local 2956, New York City PBA, NYS Troopers PBA, NYS Fraternal Order of Police, Yonkers PBA, NYS Court Officers Association, Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association, Westchester County Corrections Officers Benevolent Association, and the Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Association.