Cahill coasts to another term
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill easily defeated his Conservative Party opponent, Jack Hayes, for the state’s 103rd Assembly District seat. Cahill swept into another two-year term by a margin of 39,689-11,601, according to unofficial results. Cahill, 60, was elected to the Assembly in 1992, lost his seat in 1994 and was returned to office in 1998. Hayes, 73, is a former town supervisor in Gardiner. The 103rd District includes the Dutchess County towns of Red Hook and Rhinebeck, and, in Ulster County, the city of Kingston and towns of Shandaken, Woodstock, Kingston, Ulster, Olive, Hurley, Rochester, Marbletown, Rosendale, Esopus, New Paltz, Gardiner and Plattekill. Cahill, a lifelong Kingston resident, had the Democratic, Working Families, and Independence party lines on the ballot. He says he is a nonpracticing attorney “to avoid the appearance of a conflict and because legislative duties require my full time.” Cahill is a former Ulster County legislator and has two grown daughters. Hayes, a 40-year resident of Gardiner, was town supervisor in 2002 and 2003 and an Ulster County legislator in 2010 and 2011. A retired state trooper, he served with the state police from 1968 to 2000, including a stint as an undercover narcotics investigator, and was a security consultant for the New York State Bridge Authority from 2001 to 2004.
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, left, and Jack Hayes