District 12 - James D. Kennedy

Upcoming Events:

  • Legislative Meeting - Monday, January 23, 2017 @ 1:00 PM 
Property Tax Assessment Grievance Workshop

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Berner Middle School – 50 Carmen Mill Rd., Massapequa


    The 12 members of the Nassau Legislature’s Republican Majority caucus, led by Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, filed a resolution today calling on New York State to extend a tax abatement for Nassau County seniors. Read on...
  2. Legislator Kennedy Attends Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Farmingdale

    The Village of Farmingdale kicked off the holiday season with their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st. Read on...
  3. Legislator Kennedy to Host Upcoming Property Tax Assessment Grievance Workshops

    If you are a homeowner who disagrees with the new tentative property tax assessment on your residence you may dispute the assessed value between January 2, 2017 and March 1, 2017. Read on...
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LD12 James Kennedy


James D. 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 Knights of Columbus, the Massapequa Lions Club, Sons of AMVETS Post 88, 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 seven month old daughter, Emma.  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.