Former Westchester Deputy County Executive Joins Simone Development
John Jordan | March 2018
NEW YORK—Former Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett left his office at the Westchester County Office Building in White Plains in January and has re-surfaced in the executive suite at Bronx-based Simone Development Companies.
Simone Development announced on March 28 that Plunkett, who served as Deputy County Executive for two terms in Republican Robert Astorino’s administration (2010-2018), has joined the development firm in the newly created position as director of strategic initiatives.
“Kevin Plunkett brings to our company an impressive record of both private and public service,” said Joseph Simone, president of Simone Development Cos. “His career background brings a wealth of knowledge of both Westchester County and the entire region and provides Simone Development with a unique resource.”
Plunkett, who served as Westchester County’s Chief Operating Office, practiced law for more than three decades prior to joining the Astorino administration. He 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.
In his legal career, the life-long resident of Tarrytown 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.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to bring my legal, governmental and organizational background to Simone Development Companies as they continue to expand,” Plunkett said. “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 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 from 1998 to 2008. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and earned his law degree at Stetson University College of Law.
Simone Development owns and manages more than 5.0 million square feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester County, Queens, Long Island and Connecticut. The company’s portfolio includes more than 100 properties and ranges from multi-building office parks to retail and industrial space. The company’s largest development is the 42-acre Hutchinson Metro Center office complex located directly off the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. The first two phases of the complex, which comprise nearly 750,000 square feet of Class A office and medical space, are fully leased. Two additional phases totaling 650,000 square feet (370,000-square-foot Metro Center Atrium and 280,000-square-foot Tower Two) are completed and fully leased.