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VOTERS GUIDE Long Island Voters Guide: Nov. 8, 2022, elections for New York, Nassau & Suffolk

John M. Kennedy Jr.

John M. Kennedy Jr. is running for Suffolk County comptroller

John M. Kennedy Jr.

JOHN. M. KENNEDY JR.

Republican

BACKGROUND:

  • Kennedy, 66, of Nesconset, is seeking his third and final term as comptroller.
  • He earned a bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University, a master's degree from Adelphi University and a law degree from St. John's University. Before he was elected comptroller, Kennedy represented the 12th district in the Suffolk County Legislature for 10 years.
  • Kennedy, who is also an attorney, has served in government for more than 40 years.

ISSUES:

  •  Kennedy said he will continue to provide oversight of pass-through dollars and make it a priority to work with the Legislature and departments to recast how the county contracts with homeless housing operators.
  •  He will work to tighten vendor license contracts through the parks department and Legislature.
  •  Kennedy said he will seek state authorization for his department, along with the other six elected county comptrollers statewide, to be "contemporaneous co-auditors" with the state comptroller, of the county's Industrial Development Agency and local development corporations.
  •  He plans to continue with what he called a "big ticket" audit of how funds coming in from the surcharge on hotel rooms are distributed through the county parks department.

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