Meet Kevin

As Putnam County Executive, Kevin Byrne serves as both the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Budget Officer of Putnam County government where he has done more to prioritize government spending, streamline services, implement new cost savings initiatives, and lower taxes.

In his first year as County Executive, Kevin delivered real tax relief that reduced the overall tax burden in the budget for the first time in 25 years, lowered the tax rate to its lowest level in 15 years, and reduced sales tax to make it fairer and less regressive- all with no new borrowing. This is in addition to enacting a new property tax exemption for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that further compliments his record of lowering taxes as a state Assemblyman where he not only stood firm voting against every state tax increase, but actually cut income taxes for middle class families and brought back property tax relief.

He has the privilege of serving as a national executive board member of the American City County Exchange (ACCE) (Nov. 2022 – Present), board member of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) (Jan. 2023 – Present), board member of the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation (Jan. 2023 – Present), and is a member of the County Executives of America (CEA), New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), and New York State County Executives Association (NYSCEA). In 2024, Byrne was also named to Run Gen Z‘s Rising Stars Club where he serves as a mentor for younger Generation Z officials and candidates, supporting a new generation of leaders across America.

During his tenure in the state Assembly where he served for six years, Byrne served as the ranking member on the Assembly Health Committee (2020 – 2022), chairperson of the Assembly Minority Conference Program Committee (2020–2022), co-chair of the Assembly Minority Conference Task Force on Critical Infrastructure and Transportation (2018-2019), ranking member of the Assembly Aging Committee (2017-2018), and vice chair of minority steering (2019). Byrne also served on the Assembly Ways & Means, Governmental Operations, Insurance, Labor, and Transportation Committees.

From 2018 – 2022, Byrne served as the New York State chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Kevin and Family

Kevin resides in Mahopac with his wife, Briana (Messina) Byrne, who has a busy career as a physician assistant (PA), with their son, Braeden.

Kevin was born and raised in Putnam County by his two hardworking parents. His father, Dan, retired after a 45+ year career working as a high-voltage troubleshooter at Con Edison with the UWUA Local 1-2, and his mother, Patty, is a past 20+ year employee of Putnam Hospital Center.

A local Eagle Scout and graduate of Carmel High School, Kevin earned his BA from the University of Scranton where he majored in History with dual minors in political science and military science leadership. It was as a college student where Kevin had his first major exposure to public office by interning for former Congresswoman Sue Kelly.

Kevin has committed much of his adult life to public service. Upon returning to Putnam County after college, he continued his volunteer service as an assistant scoutmaster; member of the Putnam Valley Town Planning Board; and volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Kent Volunteer Fire Department where he served three terms as department president. His commitment to service was later recognized by Congresswoman Nan Hayworth who appointed him deputy district director.  After serving the people of New York’s 19th Congressional District, Kevin left the public sector to serve as a regional director for the American Heart Association to help people suffering from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  While getting married and working full-time, he completed his graduate studies and received his M.P.A. concentrating in Healthcare Administration at Marist College. He put his M.P.A. to further use working in the private sector in healthcare administration assisting the Sr. Director of Operations at CareMount Medical- previously the largest private multi-specialty medical group in the state. His diverse background, knowledge and experiences has aided him throughout his years in public service, and he continues to utilize those skills to assist the hard-working people of Putnam County as their County Executive.

Refusing to be a “rubber stamp” for any political party or power structure, Kevin has always been eager to learn and to make decisions based on facts and common sense. Those values and principles that guided him throughout his life continue to guide him in public office.

Kevin first decided to run for elected office in 2016 when he noticed many of his friends and former classmates from his youth were moving out of New York State. Byrne believed then that a generation was being lost, and has since fought for a more affordable New York that would benefit all New Yorkers.  Unfortunately, many of the challenges remain the same: high taxes; out-of-control government spending; corrupt politics; and jobs fleeing the avalanche of mandates that make life impossible for small businesses to survive. It is to reverse this decline that Kevin has placed his dedication in service to others.