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BACKGROUND: Kennedy, 53, has been legislator for five years and is an attorney for Sullivan and Kehoe in Kings Park. He has a master's degree and law degree from St. John's University in Queens. The Nesconset resident is a member of the Kings Park chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a member of the Walter S. Commindinger Historical Society and a parishioner at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Nesconset. He also is the Independence, Conservative and Working Families party nominee.

ISSUES: Kennedy said that the budget is the main issue. In light of the increase in crime reflected in new statistics, he would like to see more police officers. Property crimes are very much linked to drug use, he said, adding that the county also needs more treatment opportunities. Kennedy said he spends a lot of his day on constituent services and was also instrumental getting money to help groundwater flooding victims in Lake Ronkonkoma.