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VOTERS GUIDE Long Island Voters Guide: Nov. 7, 2023 general election

James D. Kennedy

James D. Kennedy is running for Nassau County Legislator, 19th District

James D. Kennedy




  • Kennedy, 51, of Massapequa, was first elected to the 12th Legislative District in a special election in 2015. Before that, he was a fifth-grade teacher at Holy Child Academy.
  • He coaches many sports and teaches religion classes at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Massapequa.
  • He is involved in the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Sons of the American Legion.


  • Kennedy said he is concerned about Gov. Kathy Hochul’s housing plan, which he said would disregard what Long Island families want and destroy the suburbs.
  • He said he will continue to meet the fentanyl epidemic head on and get help to those who need it most.
  • He pledged his support for the Nassau County Police Department, which he said carries an unnecessary burden from criminal justice policies of New York City encroaching on the county.

'Why am I giving up my Friday night to listen to this?' A Newsday analysis shows the number of referees and umpires has declined 25.2% in Nassau and 18.1% in Suffolk since 2011-12. Officials and administrators say the main reason is spectator behavior. NewsdayTV's Carissa Kellman reports.