Nassau County Legislator
James Kennedy is a lifelong Long Island resident and a graduate of Fordham University. Before being elected in a special election in February 2015 to serve the 12th Legislative District, James worked as a fifth grade teacher at Holy Child Academy.
James is a member of the Massapequa Historical Society, the Friends of the Massapequa Preserve and St. Rose of Lima Church. He is an officer of the Peter J. Schmitt Memorial Foundation, which raises funds for local community organizations. James’ parents, both of whom immigrated to the United States from Ireland in their early twenties, instilled in him strong values and a hard work ethic.
James will fight to ensure that property taxes do not increase and work hard to build a stronger economy that brings well-paying jobs to Nassau County. He will fight to eradicate the drug problem that threatens our neighborhoods and make sure our quality of life continues to improve.
His father-in law, the late presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Peter J. Schmitt, inspired and encouraged James’ interest in local government, and James will continue Peter’s legacy of fighting for the people of his community.
James is married to Samantha and they live in Massapequa. They have a three year old son, Logan and a daughter on the way. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham, James also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and a Master of Science in Childhood Education from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.