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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

James D. Kennedy | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

James D. Kennedy is running for Nassau County legislator, 12th District

James D. Kennedy

Kennedy said he has helped “to build the Nassau County economy by working to keep taxes at bay and bringing new businesses into the area.” Among the businesses, he said, is the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center unit under construction near the Nassau Coliseum. Kennedy said he has also focused on public safety. He said he worked with the Massapequa Kiwanis Club and the county police department to have signs installed in the Massapequa area advertising the Crime Stoppers phone app, which residents can use to text police if they see suspicious activity. He said he also worked with the police department to install surveillance cameras in the Massapequa preserve, where a body was found earlier this year.

Kennedy, 45, of Massapequa, seeking his second full two-year term in the county legislature, is running on the Republican, Tax Revolt, Independence and Conservative party lines. He is the son-in-law of the late Peter Schmitt, a Republican, who was the legislature’s presiding officer. Kennedy won a special election in 2015 to fill the unexpired legislative term of Michael Venditto, who was elected to the State Senate. He is a former fifth-grade teacher at Holy Child Academy in Old Westbury, and a former GOP staffer at the county board of elections. A 1991 graduate of Cold Spring Harbor High School, Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, a master of fine arts from Brooklyn College, and a master of science in childhood education from LIU Post. He is an officer of the Peter J. Schmitt Memorial Foundation, which raises funds for local community organizations, and a member of the Massapequa Historical Society and of the Friends of Massapequa Preserve. He is married and has two children.