Assembly Dems Reverse Course & Continue Committee’s Impeachment Investigative Work

Posted: August 17, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

“This development still does not equal full accountability, but it does highlight a significant improvement by revealing that the Speaker was willing to backpedal after our voices collectively demanded greater transparency. The Democratic Party’s elected leaders had previously worked to end the committee’s investigative work abruptly. Their decision to change course and allow the committee […]

Albany Democrats Cover For Corrupt Governor

Posted: August 13, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption

A statement from Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) “The Speaker’s decision to suspend the impeachment investigation into Governor Cuomo is a slap in the face to every New York taxpayer and victim wronged by the Governor’s numerous cases of misconduct and corruption.  Gov. Cuomo’s misdeeds include the mishandling and subsequent cover-up of COVID-19 in nursing homes, […]

Gov. Cuomo Resignation is Good for New York

Posted: August 12, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption

A Column from Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) It was one year ago yesterday I was demanding answersand accountability of Gov. Cuomo and his administration during our joint legislative hearing on the state’s handling of COVID-19 in our nursing homes. Since then, the list of scandals, improprieties, cover-ups, and corruption tied to the governor’s administration has only grown. As I have previously […]

Byrne & Borrello Partner to Prohibit Book Deals for Politicians While in Office

Posted: May 19, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) was joined by his Assembly and Senate colleagues on Wednesday, May 19 for a press conference regarding his bill (A.7107) which would prohibit statewide elected officers and certain appointed officers from writing and selling a book during their term in public office. This legislative proposal comes after concerns were raised about Gov. Cuomo profiting from his book, American Crisis: […]

Byrne Bill would Ban Politicians from Profiting Off Book Deals while in Office

Posted: April 2, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,SAM,ROS-Mahopac) introduced legislation on Friday, April 2 which would prohibit statewide elected officers and certain appointed officers from writing and selling a book during their term in public office. The legislative proposal comes after numerous concerns have been raised regarding Gov. Cuomo receiving a $4 million book deal about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The book in question, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons […]

Byrne Rejects Extending Governor’s Extraordinary Emergency Powers

Posted: March 6, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption

Statement on Legislature’s Extension of Governor’s Emergency Powers The recent vote in the Senate and the Assembly regarding Governor Cuomo’s emergency powers (A5967) did NOT return checks and balances to our state government. Any person suggesting it did is either working to intentionally misinform the public or doesn’t fully understand what was voted on. A […]

A Growing Number of Scandals and Controversies Involving Governor Cuomo and his Administration

Posted: March 1, 2021 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

In the course of the last week, Governor Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by two former staffers. As always, regardless of the person, I believe everyone should have their due process. I also believe the allegations that are being made by both Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett are serious and warrant an independent […]

Governor’s Power Amid Pandemic Still Unchecked as Legislative Reform is Shot Down by One-Party Rule

Posted: June 1, 2020 in Ethics & Corruption

            Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac) is displeased to announce legislative reforms introduced by the Assembly Minority Conference by Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C,I- Chautaugua) and co-sponsored by Byrne, (A10546) which would have installed greater legislative oversight of the governor during state of emergencies, were shot down by the Democratic controlled state Legislature in Albany. The legislation […]

Byrne Calls for Budget Without New Controversial Policy Changes

Posted: March 26, 2020 in Business, Ethics & Corruption, In the News

A statement from Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac)             “As we approach the April 1 budget deadline, we continue to confront a public health crisis as well as a looming economic crisis created by the novel coronavirus pandemic.  This is why it is critical, now more than ever before, that we pass a budget free of controversial policy changes unrelated […]

NYC Controlled Assembly Majority Blocks Transparency and Ethics Reform in Albany

Posted: January 25, 2019 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref- Mahopac) and other members of the Assembly Minority Conference recently presented a set of amendments to bring ethics reform and transparency to New York’s government. Unfortunately, the Assembly Majority blocked the 15 resolutions on Wednesday, January 23. These rules reform proposals include imposing eight-year term limits for the speaker of the […]

Byrne Comments on Albany’s Cash Grab

Posted: December 18, 2018 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News, Taxes

A Statement from Assemblyman Kevin Byrne on “Pay Raise Committee” Recommendations “I knew what the salary was when I first sought election to the New York State Assembly in 2016, and I knew what the salary was during my re-election this year. I opposed a pay raise then and oppose a pay raise today. I […]

TWO NYS LAWMAKERS CALL ON COMMISSION TO CLOSE DOUBLE-DIPPING LOOPHOLE

Posted: September 8, 2018 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News, Taxes

Two New York state assemblymen from the Hudson Valley are asking a commission to close what they say is an egregious loophole. The loophole that allows for double dipping is something Republican Kevin Byrne and Democrat James Skoufis want to see closed. The assemblymen have written to members of the New York State Commission on […]

BYRNE SUPPORTS APPOINTMENT OF NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL

Posted: May 22, 2018 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (Right) pictured with New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood (Left).   Albany, NY./ May 22, 2018  “Today’s appointment of Barbara Underwood to serve as New York’s attorney general for the remainder of this legislative term is a major victory for our state and its residents. While our politics may differ, I still recognize Ms. […]

BYRNE COMMENTS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHNEIDERMAN’S RESIGNATION

Posted: May 11, 2018 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

The New Yorker’s breaking story exposed the state’s former attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, for the despicable, mistrusting person we now know him to be.  While my anger and disappointment in our state’s top law enforcement officer swells, my heart also goes out to the brave victims who came forward to tell their story. These allegations gave […]

Letter To The Editor: Rename The New Cuomo Bridge

Posted: November 20, 2017 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

To the Editor: I voted against renaming the Tappan Zee Bridge earlier this year and I remain opposed to it today. In typical Albany fashion, the name change was sneaked into an omnibus bill in the middle of the night while the rest of the state was fast asleep during what’s referred to as an […]

BYRNE SCORES PERFECT ATTENDANCE RECORD

Posted: July 14, 2017 in Community, Ethics & Corruption, In the News

Roll Call: Albany Lawmakers Attendance Records     First year in Albany, perfect attendance! New York Lawmakers shouldn’t need kudos for simply showing up to do the job they were elected to do; however, it is always refreshing to see our state representatives taking their elected positions seriously.  Freshman Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is a perfect […]

Byrne Fulfills Promise: Votes to Strip Pensions from Corrupt Politicians

Posted: January 30, 2017 in Ethics & Corruption, In the News

Today, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,I,Ref -Mahopac) voted in favor of legislation prompting a new state constitutional amendment that will strip pensions from state lawmakers and executive appointees convicted of felonies relating to their official position. It passed the Assembly with overwhelming support. The Assembly Minority Conference has been fighting for this measure for many years. […]