MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R-Mahopac) rang in the New Year by being sworn-in for a second term at Four Brothers Restaurant in Mahopac.

Leading the ceremony was former state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown), who was defeated by Sen. Peter Harckham (D-South Salem) in his bid for a third term in Albany.

All of the 94th Assembly District (Camel, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Somers, Southeast and Yorktown) is in the 40th Senate District, which Murphy represented from 2015 to 2018.

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“When you work as a team, you accomplish a lot more, and Kevin and I were the first legislators to represent the 40th Senate and 94th Assembly districts as a team in over 20 years,” Murphy said.

“I couldn’t be prouder to stand here and swear in my good friend, my colleague that I’ve had the privilege of working with over the past two years. I know he’s up for the challenge.”

Byrne returned the praise for his former colleague.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve the people we represent together,” he said. “We got a lot of things done in what was a difficult political climate. We delivered top-notch constituent services, honored and protected our veterans and first responders, and fought for everyday taxpayers against new onerous taxes and regulations.” 

Byrne said the goal for his first term was to make New York more affordable for all its residents.

“When I first ran, I made a pledge that I would bring a new generation of leadership into the Assembly,” Byrne said. “I worked hard to deliver that, fighting for tax relief and for a limited government that protects everyone’s freedom so people feel welcome and have the ability to stay here in New York.

Looking ahead to the 2019-20 session, Byrne said, “There are going to be a lot of changes in Albany and in our state. While this change will certainly create many challenges, I see change as an opportunity. I have been proud to be your voice in Albany, and I will use this opportunity to make that voice as loud as necessary to cut through the noise and rhetoric, to represent you effectively in Albany.”

Byrne has been appointed vice chair of the Assembly Minority Conference Steering Committee, making him the youngest member of his conference’s leadership team. He will also serve as an active member of the Assembly’s Health, Insurance, Labor, Transportation, and Governmental Operations committees. This is in addition to his continued role as co-chair of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Critical Infrastructure and Transportation.

Byrne is a lifelong resident of Putnam County, where he lives with his wife, Briana, and their dog, Tracker.