16th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner Honoree: The Honorable Bradford Kendall

Brad polo shirt(1)Dutchess County Clerk, Brad Kendall was appointed in December 2006 by then New York State Governor, George E. Pataki. Clerk Kendall ran successfully for election in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

Prior to his appointment as County Clerk, Kendall served as a Dutchess County Legislator from 1994 through 2006, representing the towns of Dover and Union Vale. In 2000, Kendall was elected Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, a position he held until his appointment as County Clerk. Elected seven times as Chairman, Kendall was the second longest serving Chairman in Dutchess County’s history, missing the record by 2 days.

Clerk Kendall is a 1973 graduate of Arlington High School, and a 1977 graduate of Williams College. A hands-on County Clerk, Kendall has immersed himself in the day to day operations of the Clerk’s Office. He has become knowledgeable about all operations of the Department, and can regularly be seen working behind the counters, alongside his staff.

As a former small business owner, Kendall has brought a business operations mindset to the Department; and by doing so, the County Clerk’s Office continues to show a surplus each year; providing revenue to Dutchess County and lessening the burden on taxpayers.

As clerk, Kendall has instituted successful programs such as Renew Local First, a program to encourage Dutchess County residents to renew their vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses here in Dutchess County to keep revenue in the County. He instituted the Dutchess County FAVOR (Find and Assist a Veteran of Record) ID Card. This program provides an ID card to honorably discharged military Veterans, allowing them discounts at various businesses throughout the Hudson Valley.

Kendall lives in Dover with his wife Barbara, and is the father of two sons; Travis and his fiancé Amanda and Stephen
and his wife Gwen. Kendall serves on the boards of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Clove Cemetery and STOP-DWI. He is also a member of the Dover Lions Club.

Brad Kendall is the Honoree at the Town of Poughkeepsie Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, February 25, 2016. To view the full event invitation, please click here.