John Kennedy Grant - Justice, Town of Haverstraw

Mr. Grant was appointed Town Justice in July 2007 after having served as Village Justice in the Village of West Haverstraw. Mr. Grant was elected in November 2008 and re-elected in November 2012 and November 2016.


Mr. Grant served as Acting District Attorney, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Sr. Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor for the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. As Chief Assistant District Attorney for Rockland County, Mr. Grant oversaw the prosecutorial, investigative and support staff. Mr. Grant had substantial trial experience including the prosecution and trial of serious violent crimes including Murder in the 2d Degree, Rape, Kidnapping as well as numerous white collar crime prosecutions. During his service as Chief Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Grant was the recipient of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Integrity in Prosecution Award for his prosecution of what was, at that time, the largest welfare and social service fraud case in New York State history.

Mr. Grant has practiced law for more than 29 years and is a member of the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section and Labor and Employment Section, the New York State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section and Labor and Employment Section and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

As a former Chief Assistant District Attorney and Criminal Defense practitioner, Mr. Grant has substantial trial experience and has appeared in many local, county and appellate courts throughout New York State. Mr. Grant has been called upon and successfully represented law enforcement officers involved in the use of deadly force in more than 100 cases throughout New York State. 

Mr. Grant is a respected instructor having conducted labor and employment law and law enforcement training and education presentations for various labor organizations including the New York State Union of Police Associations, Inc., the International Union of Police Associations and many affiliated local, state and federal agencies.

Mr. Grant was admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department in 1988 after graduating from Pace University School of Law. He is the principal member of the Law Offices of John K. Grant, P.C., a law firm formed in January 2000 with offices in Nyack, New York and Newburgh, New York. Mr. Grant regularly appears before the Supreme Courts, County Courts and local courts throughout New York and has appeared before the New York State Appellate Courts.


Mr. Grant has been a member of or active assisting a number of youth and community organizations including Haverstraw PAL, Haverstraw Little League, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, Haverstraw Presbyterian Church, the NAACP and Leo Laders American Legion Post 130. He is a lifelong resident of Thiells, where he continues to reside with his wife, Jennifer and four children.