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Byrne Bill Passes Assembly Increasing Access to Automated External Defibrillators




A statement from Assemblyman Kevin Byrne

A public health bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, which would increase access to lifesaving automated external defibrillators (pictured above), was passed by the State Assembly on Wednesday, May 17.

“I am thrilled to report a bill I sponsored amending the public health law to increase widespread access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) was brought before the Assembly yesterday and passed with overwhelming support. I’d like to personally thank my legislative colleagues who worked to ensure the passage of this worthy measure, which promises lifesaving benefits in the ongoing battle against the number one killer of all Americans, heart disease.

“My wife, Briana, a PA, and I, an EMT, have seen firsthand the crucial importance of early defibrillation in the race to save someone suffering from cardiac arrest. Each day, countless medical professionals across New York State work tirelessly for our communities. As your Assemblyman, I remain committed to ensuring these men and women continue to have the needed resources available to them.”

The proposed legislation (A07532) has a companion bill in the Senate (S05718) sponsored by Senator Hannon. The senate bill reported out of the Senate’s Health Committee in late April and is awaiting a vote on the floor. If approved, it will then go to the Governor for his signature.

May 18, 2017 |

Westchester Magazine Announces Wingfest!




Presented Trackside by Empire City Casino
Westchester Magazine and Empire City Casino present
Westchester County’s first-ever Wingfest! This exciting new event will feature a smorgasbord of
wings from more than 25 different restaurants plus live music, cold beer, food trucks, contests and
more! The festivities will take place trackside at Empire City Casino, Yonkers, NY on Saturday,
September 16, 2017. Guests will sample an unlimited supply of the best chicken wings in the area
and then cast a vote for their favorite wing. At the end of the night the winner of the Best Wing
will be announced.
Wingfest joins Westchester Magazine’s lineup of spectacular annual events including the Wine &
Food Festival in June and July’s Best of Westchester® Party and is sure to be another sell-out
crowd pleaser! Tickets are available online at
Single Tickets: $45
Party Pack of 10 Tickets: $400
Ticket includes unlimited wings and unlimited beer.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Empire City Casino, Yonkers, NY
For more information contact:
Barbara Begley
For sponsorship information contact or 914-345-0601 x. 138

May 17, 2017 |

June is Championship Month in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association






“I like New York in June, how about you?” is the opening lyric to a song introduced in the 1941 film “Babes on Broadway” and sung by such notables as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra. Youth soccer players like New York in June too as it’s Championship Month in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). 45 teams will be crowned state champions next month.

Nearly all the action is on the first two weekends in June at Stringham Park in LaGrange, the home of the LaGrange Soccer Club, with the State Cup finals being played there. The finals are divided into State Open Cup (for the best teams in the state) and Arch Cup (for the teams that are not yet the best). And the Arch Cup is split into Platinum and Gold competitions in most age groups so every travel team in Eastern New York has a legitimate chance to win a cup title. The schedule for the State Cup finals:




Arch Cup Finals State Open Cup Finals
BU10 Saturday, June 3rd BU12 Sunday, June 4th
BU11 Saturday, June 3rd BU13 Saturday, June 3rd
BU12 Saturday, June 3rd BU14 Saturday, June 3rd
BU13 Saturday, June 10th BU15 Sunday, June 4th
BU14 Saturday, June 10th BU16 Sunday, June 4th
BU15 Saturday, June 10th BU17 Sunday, June 4th
BU16 Saturday, June 10th BU18 Sunday, June 4th
BU19 Saturday, June 10th
GU10 Saturday, June 3rd GU12 Sunday, June 4th
GU11 Saturday, June 3rd GU13 Saturday, June 3rd
GU12 Saturday, June 3rd GU14 Saturday, June 3rd
GU13 Saturday, June 10th GU15 Sunday, June 4th
GU14 Saturday, June 10th GU16 Sunday, June 4th
GU15 Saturday, June 10th GU17 Sunday, June 4th
GU18 Sunday, June 4th
GU19 Saturday, June 10th


Additionally, the Eastern New York Premier League (ENYPL) will have its finals for the BU16 (Boys-Under-16), BU17, BU18 and BU20 age groups played in LaGrange on Saturday, June 10. The GU19 (Girls-Under-19) final will be played at Kissena Park in Queens on Saturday, May 20, the only state championship game to be played in the month of May. The champion of the five other ENYPL age groups will simply be determined by the team with the best record during the regular season.

Eastern New York would like to thank our wonderful sponsors of the Arch Cup, the Arch Capital Group, which writes insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in the United States, Bermuda, Canada and Europe, with a focus on specialty lines.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log on to, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.


May 17, 2017 |

Byrne Announces Passage of Bill Re-designating ‘Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway’


Name reflects local hero’s posthumous promotion

On Tuesday, May 9th, the State Assembly successfully passed Assemblyman Kevin Byrne’s first piece of legislation (A02998), amending the highway law to re-designate the ‘Army Captain Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway’ as the “Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway.’ This is also the first Republican bill to pass the Assembly this year. The legislation updates the highway law to reflect Clayton Carpenter’s true rank.

Following Carpenter’s tragic and untimely death during a training exercise in 2014, legislation was passed designating this particular stretch of road as the ‘Army Captain Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway.’ However, Carpenter was posthumously promoted to the rank of Major in the time subsequent to the original designation. This most recent bill, which received overwhelming bi-partisan approval in the Assembly, certifies that the highway named in this local hero’s honor will bear not only his name, but his true military rank.

“Major Clayton Carpenter was an American hero, and an exemplary citizen of Westchester County who bravely and selflessly served his country and community,” said Byrne. “His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten, and I am honored to have played a role in ensuring that the official name of the ‘Major Clayton Carpenter Memorial Highway’ will reflect his true rank.

“When we hear and see so many negative things about our state government, it’s refreshing to see people unite behind good pieces of legislation like this. I’d like to personally thank all my Assembly and Senate colleagues who supported this measure.” Byrne continued. “For this worthy piece of legislation to be not only our conference’s first passed bill of this legislative session, but also my first bill passed as a state legislator, gives me great pride.”

Born in 1983, Clayton Carpenter, a Cortlandt Manor resident and graduate of Lakeland High School and West Point, served multiple tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a platoon leader of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, an elite Army helicopter unit. In addition to his military service, Carpenter was an active member of his community, volunteering his time with multiple organizations, including the Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The bill was previously passed earlier this year by the State Senate sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy, and is currently awaiting final approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Once signed, the act will take effect immediately.

May 11, 2017 |

Westchester Community College Commencement Features Local Resident (May 18)






Lowell F. Hawthorne

Westchester Community College’s commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the County Center Building in White Plains. Approximately 2,000 students will be granted degrees, making it one of the largest graduating classes in the history of the college. The commencement speech will be given by Westchester resident Lowell F. Hawthorne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain.

Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles will also address those gathered at commencement. “I am pleased that this notable entrepreneur will be inspiring our graduating students at commencement,” says Dr. Miles. “As an immigrant from Jamaica, his success story will be of interest to the thousands who will be on hand for this event, especially our many students from other countries including our English as a Second Language students, in addition to our Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management majors, our Entrepreneurship majors, and our English as a Second Language students.”

“As an entrepreneur educated in New York State, and a notable philanthropist who has ensured the education of hundreds of students through generous scholarships, he truly exemplifies the college’s motto: Building Minds, Building Futures,” says Dr. Miles.

Hawthorne migrated to the United States in 1981 along with his family, finding employment as an accountant and then later opening a Bronx bakery. Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill grew to more than 120 stores in nine states and now provides employment for over 1,500 individuals. Hawthorne, who holds an Associate degree from Bronx Community College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Lehman College, received the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Jamaica’s highest honor for service to commerce and community development: The Order of Distinction, Commander Rank.

A sought after motivational speaker, his organization ranks in the Black Enterprise top 100 and among the Entrepreneur Magazine top 500. The Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation, named in honor of his late parents, has awarded more than 300 scholarships to aspiring students in the United Sates and Jamaica.

Among the graduates at the May 18 ceremony will be student leaders and winners of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence.

The college’s picturesque 218-acre main campus in Valhalla is the former estate of John Hartford of A&P fame. Since opening in 1946, more than 250,000 students have enrolled in classes held at the largest college in the county. The college offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs.


May 11, 2017 |

Internship Opportunities Available With Assemblyman Kevin Byrne


High school and college students encouraged to apply

New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is accepting summer intern applications from high school and college students for his district office in Mahopac.

Intern responsibilities include bill research, responding to emails, monitoring news, and filing information. This opportunity promises to serve as a chance to both build your professional resume and achieve hands-on experience learning about the legislative process.

To apply, interns can contact Assemblyman Byrne’s office at 845-628-3781 or email

May 10, 2017 |

Byrne Announces DEC Grants for Putnam Land Trusts


Funding provided through NYS DEC in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance


Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, I, Ref-Mahopac) meets with representatives of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. (From left to right) Executive Director Michelle Smith, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, and Director of Development and Outreach MJ Martin


Two Putnam County land trusts will be among 58 recipients of statewide funding as part of the department’s 14th annual grant program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced last month. The Hudson Highlands Land Trust, based in Garisson, NY, and the Putnam County Land Trust will receive an excess of $70,000 in total funding through the program, offered in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance. This financial support will spearhead a number of upgrades and planning initiatives which promise to both promote outdoor recreation in Putnam County, and position the two organizations for continued future success.

The Hudson Highlands Land Trust will utilize its $40,000 dollar grant to implement a management plan and perform significant public access improvements to the recently purchased Granite Mountain Preserve in Putnam Valley. The Putnam County Land Trust, an operation fully staffed by volunteers, will receive a total of $30,100 through two grants, and will purpose this funding toward trail improvements and the development of a multi-year strategic plan.

“Putnam County’s beautiful nature preserves are among its most precious assets, and we all owe our gratitude to both the Hudson Highlands and Putnam County Land Trusts for the work they do to protect them,” said Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R, C, I, Ref-Mahopac). “I am thrilled to see these two worthy organizations included amongst the recipients of this year’s DEC grants, and look forward to continuing to serve as an advocate for them in the State Assembly.”

For more information on this year’s grant recipients, and the services performed through the DEC, please visit the department’s website.

May 10, 2017 |
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