Tim Kennedy was born and raised right here in Western New York.
As an occupational therapist, he spent more than a decade helping children with special needs and working with seniors fighting their way back from injuries. As an elected official, he has proudly fought for families in both the Erie County Legislature and the State Senate.
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, and has hosted several job fairs throughout the 63rd district with hundreds of WNY employers. In 2017, he also launched the Kennedy Jobs File (www.kennedyjobs.com) to help connect job seekers with opportunities across the region in real-time.
Tim believes Buffalo and WNY deserve their fair share of state funding, which is why he stood with leaders from across the region to call for a second round of Buffalo Billion funding in New York's budget. He advocates for new growth and development, but understands that preserving our city's rich history and culture is paramount, which is why he called for $5 million of the Buffalo Billion funding to be used for the reuse and staff restructuring of the Central Terminal.
As a father of three, Tim works hard to protect WNY children and families. He fought to increase the minimum wage to a living wage and worked hard to enact Paid Family Leave, in order to ensure time is available to New Yorkers who need it most during critical life moments. Year after year, he has fought to increase the income guidelines for childcare subsidies in Erie County and NYS, so that parents don't have to choose between a job and staying home to care for their kids. He continues to push to raise the threshold for subsidies so that more families have access to affordable childcare.
Tim was inspired to become an occupational therapist after watching his mom work for years as a nurse at Buffalo General, Mercy, and Millard Fillmore Hospitals. Throughout his career, he has focused his efforts on strengthening protections for healthcare workers. He is a cosponsor of a bill to enact Safe Staffing ratios, which would ensure that nurses are able to do their jobs effectively and patients receive the quality care they deserve.
Standing alongside survivors of child sexual abuse, Tim is leading the charge on widespread reforms to increase opportunities for legal recourse for victims through the Child Victims Act, and working to overhaul the abuse reporting process for school administrators. Tim also 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.
Whether it’s advocating for better funding for first responders, demanding state fixes to our crumbling roads and bridges, working to get 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 backed 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.