New York State Assemblyman
Tom McKevitt is a lifelong resident of Nassau County and a devoted public servant. Assemblyman McKevitt received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Hofstra University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated first in his class. He received his Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School where he served as Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
McKevitt interned for New York State Supreme Court Justice Marvin Segal and the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He has worked in the offices of state Senator Kemp Hannon and U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato. He served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Hempstead for nearly nine years where he argued and won cases before New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also has practiced privately with law firms in Nassau County.
McKevitt was first elected to the Assembly in a special election in February 2006, to succeed Maureen O’Connell who became Nassau County Clerk. He was re-elected in November 2006 and November 2008.
McKevitt is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations, is a past Chair of the Municipal Law Committee and a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, as well as the past Editor-in-Chief of the Nassau Lawyer, the Association’s monthly newspaper. He has been asked to deliver numerous lectures on land use and zoning enforcement throughout the state. McKevitt believes strongly in the value of community service, as evidenced by his membership in the East Meadow Kiwanis Club and the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, as well as his mentorship of students at the Woodland Middle School and coach of the Holy Trinity Diocesan High School Mock Trial Team. He is the recipient of the George Estabrook Award for service as a distinguished alumnus of Hofstra University.
McKevitt is currently the ranking minority member on the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Mental Health, and also serves on the Insurance, Small Business, and Aging committees. One of Assemblyman McKevitt’s main priorities is to make sure Long Island receives its fair share of funding for schools and that those funds go directly to the classroom. Other items on his agenda include expanding STAR property tax relief, preserving the EPIC prescription drug program, and improving the general quality of life in the 17th District.
He is a parishioner of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in North Merrick, and a member of the Nassau County Catholic Lawyers Guild. Assemblyman McKevitt resides in East Meadow with his wife, Samantha, who is a social studies teacher in the public school system, and their two children.