Biography

Kevin Cahill
Representing the 103rd Assembly District which includes sections of Ulster and Dutchess Counties in the beautiful, historic Hudson Valley, Assemblymember Kevin Cahill was elected to the State Assembly in 1992.

Assemblymember Cahill was appointed to chair the Assembly Standing Committee on Insurance in 2013. He has been on the forefront in the effort to provide New Yorkers with quality, affordable insurance for home, health and property. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, he shepherded bills through the Assembly to improve disaster preparedness and ensure that residents had appropriate access to their claims. He has also fought for health insurance coverage for substance abuse disorders, the essential benefits of the Affordable Care Act and comprehensive contraception availability.

As the former Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Energy, Assemblymember Cahill led the way with initiatives promoting renewable power generation, sustainable building practices, energy efficiency and the development of a green workforce. These successes preserved our environment and insulated us from the uncertainty of global energy markets, putting New York on the path to energy independence.

With his forward-looking approach, Kevin Cahill has steadfastly fought to protect our environment thereby preserving the beauty and natural resources of New York State for future generations. In recognition of his efforts, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Environmental Planning Lobby in 2008.

Assemblymember Cahill believes in the value of providing a strong education to the young people of our State. He has actively sought alternative ways of financing our public education system and reforming our property tax structure. Kevin Cahill authored the Equity in Education Act, which calls for full state funding of public schools. He encourages our children to develop a strong passion for literature through his annual summer reading program. The Assemblymember has championed funding for improvements for local libraries, the Mid-Hudson Library System, the Agribusiness Child Development in Kingston and the Rhinebeck School District Science Lab. He also developed an initiative to bring science and technology laboratories to each school district in the communities he serves.

The 103rd Assembly District is home to Ulster County Community College, SUNY New Paltz and Bard College. Many of the students in the district also attend nearby Dutchess County Community College. In his commitment to higher education, Kevin has been a staunch advocate securing vital funding for enhanced access, modernization and expansion on the various campuses.

Recognizing the importance of the arts to our regionís character and economy, Assemblymember Cahill has provided unwavering support for local arts organizations. Kevin has been effective in securing grants in the communities he represents, helping municipalities and not-for-profits obtain funding including the Woodstock Community Center, the Rosendale Theater, the Hudson River Maritime Museum Education Building, the Bardavon/Ulster Performing Arts Center, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and Ross Park in Esopus, to name but a few.

Kevin Cahill is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Albany Law School. He is an attorney and served as director of a Medicare health plan. He is the Chair of the Health, Long-Term Care & Health Retirement Issues Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and is an active member of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A lifelong resident of Kingston, Kevin is the proud father of two daughters and enjoys time with his three grandchildren. He keeps the best interests of his constituents in mind to fervently advocate on behalf of the people of his district and all of New York