Blaber News is proud to announce our person of the year :
Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill
After two weeks of voting the reader's of this website were very clear in who should be Blaber News' Person of the Year. You wanted someone that cared about Ulster County and the people that lived here; someone who has the courage to fights for our rights and our progressive values on a day to day basis, even if the positions that we believe in are not always the most popular ones. You wanted a person that always has our best interests at heart and you overwhelmingly picked a champion that represents all of the above; Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.
Kevin Cahill who was born and raised in Kingston, graduated from Suny New Paltz and Albany Law School was admitted in to practice as an attorney in New York State. Shortly after, Cahill began his career in public service as an Ulster County legislator, representing the city of Kingston in the Ulster County legislature for the better part of a decade. In addition to representing Kingston in the Ulster County legislature, he also served as Minority Leader, sticking up for the rights of all Democratic interests for the county. Mr. Cahill was first elected to the NYS Assembly in 1992 and served for one term. After taking a break from the public office, Cahill continued in his pursuit of standing up for Ulster County residents, leading one of the more successful divisions of Wellcare and standing up for the rights of senior citizens, making sure their rights were protected.
In 1998, Kevin Cahill ran a successful bid for the NYS Assembly's 101st district and was reelected in 2000,2002, and 2004 by substantial margins. During Cahill's tenure in the Assembly he has fought hard on many key issues that effect Ulster County and New York State. Assemblyman Cahill has a strong record on the environment, civil rights, labor, health care and women’s rights. Assemblyman Cahill has also been a pioneer for real property tax reform, changing the unfair way that the state uses to fund public education though property taxes.
Assemblyman Cahill has served on several committees in the Assembly including the Steering, Consumer Affairs, Codes, Real Property Tax, Local Government and Children and Families. He was the Assembly spokesperson for Community Corrections, a member of the task force on Local Government Finance Reform and the longest tenured Chair of the Legislative Task Force on People with Disabilities. Assemblyman Cahill currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance and serves on the Health, Higher Education, Ways and Means and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committees.
Ulster County is truly lucky to have a public servant like Kevin Cahill. Assemblyman Cahill is a caring and personable Assemblyman that would do anything for any of his constituents. I don't know how many public servants these days that you can call and e-mail personally and get a timely and detailed response like that Assemblyman Cahill. When I ran for School Board, Cahill was an early supporter and helped me in many ways, including writing a personal letter of endorsement. When I had an issue with the way the local Democratic party was treating a specific candidate that was running for public office Cahill's phone line was open.... I can go on and on with numerous examples but I know many of you already know, having similar dealings with Assemblyman Cahill.. I'm proud and honored to have Assemblyman Kevin Cahill as the 2007 Blaber News Person of the Year.