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About Tim

Tim Kennedy was born and raised right here in Western New York.

As healthcare professional, he spent more than a decade helping seniors fight their way back from injuries and helping children with special needs. As an elected official, he was proud to continue his fight for families in Erie County Legislature and the State Senate. 

During his first year in the Senate, Tim has helped usher in a series of reforms that Western New Yorkers have long awaited. To clean up Albany, the State Legislature approved comprehensive ethics reform legislation that creates a strong and independent commission to combat corruption. It also increases the disclosure of legislators’ outside incomes, and it will force politicians who are convicted of felonies to forfeit their pensions.

Things in New York State are getting better, but there’s still more work ahead. Tim is committed to continuing the fight for better jobs for Western New Yorkers, strengthening middle class families and protecting our children. 

Job creation and economic development have remained at the top of Tim’s priority list. He sponsored legislation to foster the growth of green jobs by developing a workforce for emerging clean technology industries. Tim also led his conference in pushing for the SUNY 2020 plan – which will create thousands of jobs and has already broken ground on a new medical center.  He secured a one billion dollar commitment from the state to bring new jobs and companies to Western New York and has fought to increase the minimum wage to strengthen middle class families. 

Tim championed Jay J’s law to strengthen penalties against repeat child abusers and make sure those who harm our most vulnerable are brought to justice.  Jay J’s Law is named for Jay J. Bolvin, a little boy from Western New York who suffered severe physical abuse at the hands of his own father – a repeat offender. In 2013, Jay J’s law unanimously passed the Senate and Assembly and was signed into law – a testament to Tim and the Bolvin family’s hard work and advocacy. And when it was clear our child welfare system was failing families, he authored a set of reforms to improve the investigations of abuse and neglect. Just this year, Tim passed a law to improve the state’s child abuse hotline. 

Whether it’s fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, getting our fair share of treatment facilities for those suffering from prescription drug addiction, or fighting for more residential options for those with developmental disabilities, Tim is a strong voice for Western New York. Tim has never back down from doing what’s right for our community. 

Tim and his wife, Katie, are raising their children, Connor, Eireann and Padraic in the city of Buffalo, not far from where Tim’s parents, Marty and Mary Kennedy raised Tim and his siblings. He went to St. Martin’s Elementary School before attending St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He then received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy at D’Youville College.