Robert Kennedy has proudly served as the Mayor of the Village of Freeport since March 18, 2013. He decided to go into politics after a long career in the private sector. In 2009 he was elected Trustee of the Village of Freeport and promptly appointed Deputy Mayor.
During his tenure in politics, he has shown the ability to bridge the gap between all parties, and continues to work together with anyone who has the desire to help the people of Freeport. Robert gained invaluable experience as an active duty member of the United States Navy aboard the USS Vulcan in the early 1970’s. This included time in Guantanamo Bay, and Norfolk, Virginia as well as various other countries. It was in the Navy that he began to learn his trade and the discipline it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur and a leader.
After his tenure in the United States Navy, Robert was named the Vice President of Technical Services for Starrett Property Services, Inc. During this time he was responsible for maintaining hundreds of residential and commercial high rise buildings and supervising several thousand employees. During his term at Starrett Property Services, Robert learned the importance of maintaining a fiscally responsible budget, something he continues to do for the Village of Freeport. In 1984, Robert decided to leave Starrett Property Services to open up his own entrepreneurial venture. Winston Mechanical Corporation is a successful commercial HVAC company that services the Tri-State area.
Robert has been married for 37 years to his wife Mary. They are the proud parents of three sons - Robert, Vincent and Michael. Their four grandchildren Leah, Olivia, Vincent and Eliana are the light of their lives. He enjoys spending his weekends surrounded by his family, often spending time on the water, or having family and friends at his home to watch the New York Giants. Robert has employed the same open door policy to the Village of Freeport, taking the time out of his busy day to meet with any and all residents who would like to discuss a particular matter.
Robert is an accomplished FAA Pilot, licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain, and a certified SCUBA diver. In addition, he is a member of the NAACP, American Legion, Division Chief of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Member of United States Conference of Mayors, 1st Vice President of the Nassau County Village Officials Association, and is on the Executive Board of the New York Conference of Mayors.