Simone Development Companies has announced that Kevin J. Plunkett, former Westchester Deputy County Executive, has joined the company as Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Mr. Plunkett, who has a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors, served as Deputy County Executive from 2010-2018. As the County’s Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for managing a $1.8 billion budget with 35 departments, 4,500 employees and more than 5 million square feet of commercial real estate.
“Kevin Plunkett brings to our company an impressive record of both private and public service,” said Joseph Simone, President of Simone Development Companies. “His career background brings a wealth of knowledge of both Westchester County and the entire region and provides Simone Development with a unique resource. Kevin is well-known and respected. We are fortunate to have an individual with his unique abilities join our team in this new position where he will continue to be a visible and active participant in the regional business community.”
Commenting on his new position, Plunkett said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to bring my legal, governmental and organizational background to Simone Development Companies as they continue to expand. Over the years I have seen many Simone projects take shape and have watched the company emerge as a leading player in the region’s real estate development community. From its work in office, retail and residential development to its leadership in the creation of innovative healthcare facilities, the company has accumulated an impressive portfolio. I look forward to helping build and expand on this record of success.”
Plunkett, who has practiced law for more than three decades, began his law career in 1975 as an Assistant District Attorney for Westchester County. He later joined the law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe where he was an equity member of the firm for more than 20 years representing private and public sector clients in business transactions and in federal and state courts. He later became a partner in the international law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood from 2000 to 2008. Prior to becoming Deputy County Executive, he was a partner in the regional law firm of DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise and Wiederkehr.
Throughout his law career, Mr. Plunkett has represented numerous governmental entities including the City of Rye and the Villages of Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and Mamaroneck. He is a former board member of the New York State Thruway Authority/Canal Corporation, Taconic State Park Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission, New York League of Conservation Voters and the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River. He is currently a member of the American, the New York State, Florida, Westchester and Westchester Women’s Bar Associations. He served on four Governor Judicial Screening committees from 1997 to 2017.
Well known in Westchester’s business and not-for-profit community, Plunkett has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit and educational institutions including ArtsWestchester, Westchester ARC Foundation and Iona College. He served on the board of Union State Bank, a New York Stock Exchange company, from 1998 to 2008. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Mr. Plunkett earned his law degree at Stetson University College of Law. He is a life-long resident of Tarrytown.