John M. Kennedy, Jr. - Biography

John M. Kennedy, Jr. was elected Suffolk County Comptroller this past November taking office January 1, 2015. As Chief Fiscal Officer, he is the auditing authority charged with auditing county departments and nonprofit agencies funded by the county. He is the chief borrowing authority; process payroll for 11,000 employees- $35 million biweekly; processes county invoices – over 235,000 annually and preparing yearly financial statements.

As legislator of the 12th District for 10 years, John passed legislation benefiting veterans and preserving local open space, groundwater and ecosystems. He was the Official Examiner of the Title for the County Clerk’s Office for 8 years. Kennedy has over 38 years with county and state government.

A Master’s in Business Administration from Adelphi University and a JD from the St. John’s University School of Law, John has practiced law with Sullivan & Kehoe. A lifelong county resident, John lives in Nesconset with wife Leslie, Suffolk County Legislator for the 12th Legislative district. They have 4 grown children.

Comptroller Kennedy was honored to march in the 2022 Smithtown Memorial Day Parade to remember all of the brave souls that lost their lives protecting our freedoms. Photographer Steven Zaitz captured some fantastic scenes during the parade and wreath-laying ceremony, which was hosted by the Smithtown Fire Department at Town Hall.

2022 Memorial Day Parade
Veterans supporting the 2022 Memorial Day
Comptroller Kennedy speech
Comptroller Kennedy with the St. Anthony's H.S. Celtic Friars Pipe Band
Crossing Guard Memorial Day Parade
Fire Truck
G.S. Daisies
Memorial Day speech 2022
pet dog at Memorial Day services
Memorial Day scene
Memorial Day
Pack 340
Scene from the Smithtown Memorial Day Parade
Senator Mattera and Comptroller Kennedy
Smithtown Memorial Day Parade