Kevin Byrne is the current assemblyman for the 94th District in the New York State Assembly. He serves as the ranking member of the Assembly Health Committee and as chair of the Assembly Minority Program Committee. Byrne also serves as an active member of the Insurance, Labor, Transportation, and Governmental Operations Committees.
Kevin resides in Mahopac with his wife, Briana (Messina) Byrne, who has a busy career as a physician assistant (PA), and 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 later graduated from the University of Scranton receiving a BA in History with dual minors in political science and military science leadership. Kevin had participated in the Army ROTC program, but his aspiration to military service was cut short due to a previous spinal injury he sustained as a competitive student wrestler. Still, it was in college where Kevin had his first major exposure to public office serving as an intern for former Congresswoman Sue Kelly.
Kevin has remained determined to be patriotic in every way he could, focusing intensely on public service in his volunteer activities, work, and political commitments.
Following his graduation from the University of Scranton, Byrne returned to the Hudson Valley and 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 working full-time, he completed his graduate studies and received his M.P.A. concentrating in Healthcare Administration at Marist College. Prior to seeking elected office, Kevin put his M.P.A. to use and worked in the private sector as a healthcare administration processional assisting the Sr. Director of Operations as well as other C-suite executives at the largest independent multi-specialty private medical group in New York at that time.
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.