Jeanne Garant is a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, a graduate of Annhurst College in Woodstock, Connecticut, and a resident of Port Jefferson, Long Island, since 1971. She made her mark in the business community as owner and broker of Jeanne Garant Real Estate from 1976 to 1995. Following a term as President of the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, she began a career in local government, serving from 1996 to 1999 as trustee, and later as a three-term Mayor of the Village of Port Jefferson. Highlights of her administration include the acquisition of over $8,000,000 in grant monies for such projects as the development of Port Jefferson’s Waterfront Promenade and Harborfront Park, and the design and construction of the Village Center.
Garant led the movement to place Port Jefferson’s maritime history on the State and National Register. She served on Governor Pataki’s Task Force on Local Government Reform, and as Planning Commissioner of the Long Island North Shore Heritage Area project. She founded the annual Port Jefferson Dickens Festival, established the SOMA (South on Main Arts District), and served on the Board of Directors of Theater Three in Port Jefferson. In recognition of her achievements and her dedication to community, she was honored as Woman of the Year in Government by the Times Beacon Record (1996) and the Town of Brookhaven (1998). In 2005, she received the Woman of the Year Award from the Port Times Record.
Since 2007, Jeanne Garant is serving as a member of the New York State Breast and Cervical Cancer Detection and Education Advisory Council, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Hospital. She is a recently appointed member of the Suffolk County Regional Board for Catholic Health Services. Jeanne and her husband, Dr. Philias Garant, reside in Port Jefferson and are the parents of six children.