Longtime Riverhead attorney Chris Kent has joined the law firm of Farrell Fritz, where he will handle land use, municipal and zoning cases as a partner
Most recently Mr. Kent served as chief deputy county executive under Steve Levy, a position he has held since March 2009. Mr. Kent served for two years as Suffolk County’s director of Real Property Acquisition and Management prior to his role as deputy county executive.
Mr. Kent had his own Riverhead law practice for more than 20 years, focusing in real estate, municipal, and environmental law. While in private practice, he served in Riverhead Town as a deputy supervisor (2005 – 2007), deputy town attorney (2004 -2005), and as a member of the Town Board from 1998 to 2001.
Mr. Kent was also an adjunct professor of State and Local Government at Suffolk County Community College.
Mr. Kent began his political career as a legislative aide in the Suffolk County Legislature in 1982. He earned his J. D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B. A. in political science from St. Michael’s College.