Kevin S. Law
Mr. Law became President and CEO of the Long Island Association, one of the most respected business organizations in New York State, in September 2010. His efforts are focused on economic development and creating a better business climate on Long Island to strengthen it as a place to live, work and do business. Over the last few years, he successfully helped secure more than $1 billion to the Long Island region for infrastructure investments and has led efforts to create a research corridor to help establish an innovation economy on Long Island.
Previously, Mr. Law was President and CEO of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the 2nd largest public utility in the country with over 1.1 million customers. Prior to his approval as President and CEO, Mr. Law served as a LIPA Trustee and was appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer as Chairman of its Board beginning in January 2007.
Mr. Law demonstrated leadership in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy by launching the largest energy efficiency program for any public utility in the country, by procuring the largest solar energy project in New York State and by introducing “smart meters” to the region. His efforts at LIPA helped lay the foundation for a clean energy economy on Long Island. As Chief Executive Officer, Law oversaw a $10 billion company with a $4 billion annual operating budget. He brought rates down to a five year low and secured LIPA’s first ever bond rating increase.
Previously, Mr. Law served as Chief Deputy County Executive for Suffolk County, New York, which is the ninth largest county in the country with a population of 1.4 million people. In this capacity, Mr. Law had oversight of all county departments consisting of 12,000 employees and a $2.7 billion budget.
Prior to his tenure in Suffolk County, Mr. Law was the Managing Partner of the Long Island office of Nixon Peabody LLP, an international law firm. As a member of the firm’s Energy and Environment Practice Group, Mr. Law represented national energy companies and focused his practice in matters relating to all facets of environmental and energy law, land-use, real estate, municipal litigation and representation of high net worth clients before federal, state and local agencies.
Before joining Nixon Peabody, Mr. Law was the Director of Real Estate for the Suffolk County Department of Law, where he administered the Pine Barrens, Open Space and Farmland Preservation and Acquisition Programs. Earlier, Mr. Law was the Assistant Suffolk County Executive for Planning, Housing and Environmental Affairs, and coordinated the County Executive’s environmental initiatives and affordable housing programs. Prior to his initial tenure with Suffolk County, Mr. Law worked for the New York State Assembly as a legislative assistant to the Sub-Committee on the Long Island Economy.
In 2011, Mr. Law was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as Co-Chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, a board that is leading the economic development initiatives in the region. In 2009, Mr. Law was appointed by Governor David A. Paterson as Chairman of the Stony Brook University Council (and in 2016, was just reappointed as chairman by Governor Cuomo for another seven year term). He also sits on the Boards of the Advanced Energy Research Technology Center, Energeia and the Association of Council Members and College Trustees. Mr. Law is also the Chairman of the Long Island Housing Partnership, a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing, and Chairman of Accelerate Long Island, a consortium of Long Island’s top research institutions collaborating on converting world class research into start-up companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Law served as a Trustee to the Long Island Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Suffolk County Community College. He was also formerly a member of the Board of Ethics for the Town of Smithtown.
Mr. Law received an Associate of Arts from Suffolk County Community College; a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY, Stony Brook University; a Master of Science from the Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Planning at CUNY, Hunter College; a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law; and most recently completed a Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.