Ken Jenkins was elected to his fourth full term on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 2015. He was first elected to the Board with 81% of the vote in a special election in March 2007 and was elected to his first full term that November. From 2010-2013, Ken served as the Board’s Chairman.
As a County Legislator, Ken has stood up for Democratic priorities and the needs of middle-class families—from fighting to keep child care affordable, to increasing tax relief, to protecting a woman’s right to choose and preserving our environment. He has earned a reputation for effectiveness and getting results.
Currently, Ken serves as President/CEO of the Yonkers Industrial Development Association, whose mandate is to create job growth in the City of Yonkers. This position, which he was appointed to in 2014 by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, affords Ken the opportunity to continue the work he cares most about: economic development, jobs and affordable housing in Westchester.
Ken's many years of public and community involvement include service on the boards of many distinguished community groups and organizations, such as the Greyston Foundation, the United Way, the Westchester County District Attorney's Community Advisory Committee, Westchester County Crimestoppers and the Community Planning Council of Yonkers. He was President for over five years of the Yonkers Branch of the NAACP. He also has served as President of the Yonkers Community Action Program.
A familiar face on Cablevision News since 1998, Ken appeared regularly as the Democratic political analyst on News 12 Westchester’s Newsmakers and Point/Counterpoint programs.
Ken has long been active in the Democratic Party in Westchester, having served as Chairman of the Yonkers Democratic Committee and Chairman of the Black Democrats of Westchester. He also served as Secretary of the Westchester County Democratic Committee, as well as on its Executive Committee.
Ken, a proud former boy scout and Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 32, is an alumnus of Fordham Preparatory School and Iona College, where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems. After a 20-year career in telecommunications, Ken continues to utilize those skills by teaching at Apple. Ken also holds a real estate license and was previously an Associate/Broker at ERA Insite Realty.
Ken and his wife, Deborah Hudson-Jenkins, have resided in Yonkers since they were married in 1982 and have three children Alana, Jamal, and Terrell.