A Leader in Challenging Times
Jon Kaiman is a Democrat running for Congress in New York’s 3rd Congressional District. Jon has unrivaled experience in delivering results for our community and advocating for individuals across New York. Jon has earned the trust of our community through his leadership; serving as Deputy County Executive of Suffolk County, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Nassau County District Court Judge, NYS Advisor for SuperStorm Sandy Recovery, and Chairman of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority. Prior to running for elected office, Jon practiced as a private attorney. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra Law School and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. Jon lives in Great Neck with his wife and three children.
Suffolk County Deputy County Executive
As Deputy County Executive of Suffolk County, Jon Kaiman works closely with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to oversee the county’s $3.8 billion annual budget, manage a 10,000-member workforce, and provide services to a total 1.5 million residents.
In his role as Deputy County Executive, Jon has:
- Developed the Suffolk County Police Reform and Reinvention Task Force Report, one of the most comprehensive police reforms plans in New York State. Alongside his Co-Chair, Vanessa Baird Streeter, Jon examined Suffolk County Police Department policies and worked with advocates, union leaders, and department officials to develop a plan which better serves the community that it represents.
- Launched SuffolkShare, a county-wide Shared Services Program which improves public services and reduces costs for municipalities through collaboration on procurement contracts.
- Initiated Suffolk 311, a convenient “One Call Does It All” phone number which allows residents to receive accurate, up-to-date information from anywhere in the county. The 311 Call Center streamlines government services by offering county managers real-time information through data-driven metrics.
- Co-Chaired the Suffolk County Opioid Task Force.
- Co-Chaired the Police Commissioner Search Committee.
- Negotiated Suffolk County Police Department and Association of Municipal Employees labor contracts.
- Initiated the Suffolk County School Recycling Program.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor
Jon Kaiman was elected to five terms as Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead; a town of 225,000 residents located on the North Shore of Long Island. Signature achievements throughout his role include:
- Implemented Project Independence, a nationally recognized “age in place” initiative that enhances healthcare, recreational, and transportation options for older residents.
- Launched the Town of North Hempstead 311 program, the 1st suburban town in the country to launch a “One Call Does It All” dedicated phone line for government services.
- Secured millions of dollars in federal funding for environmental, infrastructure, and community investment programs.
- Created the North Hempstead Office of Intermunicipal Coordination (OIC), saving tax dollars and improving services by bringing town, county, and local municipalities together to discuss effective methods in enhancing government services.
- Developed the North Hempstead School Recycling Partnership, a coordinated recycling program that educates 30,000 students per year on the importance of environmental issues and waste reduction.
- Reduced nitrogen flow into Manhasset Bay by merging wastewater treatment facilities, establishing a single tertiary plant and reducing the cost to taxpayers while ensuring the effective removal of contaminants.
- Improved water quality by reseeding oysters in Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Harbor, restoring wetlands and establishing a natural filter feeder system that reduces pollution into the Long Island Sound.
- Created the Clean Sweep and Green Team programs; facilitating a green environment by cleaning streets and picking up litter and debris from throughout the town on an ongoing basis.
- Built the “Yes We Can” Community Center in New Cassel, an 80,000 square foot, platinum LEED certified state-of-the-art building that serves the community by offering a sports facility and dance, art, and lounge space.
- Built safer, stronger neighborhoods for residents living in affordable housing units in New Cassel by meeting with community members and revitalizing the residential commercial and residential units.
- Awarded on the state and national level for achievements in municipal management, fiscal oversight, and environmental improvements.
- Recognized by CNN Money Magazine for contributing to making the Town of North Hempstead among theTop 100 Best Places to Live in America and Top 10 Best Places to Live in the United States for Senior Citizens.
- Transformed the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter into a “no-kill” shelter by partnering with Dog Project to successfully instruct volunteers in training techniques, increasing the likelihood of finding animals their forever homes.
Nassau County District Court Judge
Elected to a Judgeship on the Nassau County District Court; presiding over criminal, civil, and landlord and tenant cases.
New York State “Superstorm Sandy Recovery Czar”
Appointed by the New York State Governor to lead the clean-up and recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy, a disastrous tropical storm costing upwards of $32 billion in damages to the New York City and Long Island region. As a leader for New York Rising, Jon ensured that hundreds of millions of federal dollars were granted to Long Island community’s in need.
Chair of the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA)
Served as Chair of the Nassau County Intern Finance Authority, overseeing the stabilization of Nassau County’s finance.
Family and Education
Jon Kaiman lives in Great Neck with his wife Kim and their three children.