Jay Jacobs’ Advice to His Successors

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Jay Jacobs (photo: nydems.org)

New York State Chairman Jay Jacobs may be stepping down soon for his two new replacements, but he’s still in a jovial mood. And, asked what advice he might have for the future co-chairs, Assemblyman Keith Wright and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor, he kept it simple.

“Think before your talk,” he told us after his press conference yesterday denouncing Mitt Romney’s business record. “I’d say that for sure. I think you just have to keep your wits about you, keep your humor and realize nothing’s personal.”

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Jerry Nadler and Jay Jacobs Do A Delicate Dance Around The Private Equity Question

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Mitt Romney is currently on a fundraising swing through New York City and Democrats like Congressman Jerry Nadler and state party chairman Jay Jacobs used the occasion  to blast, as Mr. Nadler framed it, Mr. Romney’s economic “wizardry.”

Of course, neither Mr. Nadler or Mr. Jacobs would attack the financial industry with the same rhetoric as officials in other parts of the country — Mr. Nadler’s district contains many people who work in Wall Street and Mr. Jacobs undoubtedly raises plenty of money from that constituency as well.

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State Dem Chair Jay Jacobs Pushes Obama On Same Sex Marriage

chair head shot State Dem Chair Jay Jacobs Pushes Obama On Same Sex MarriageThe Freedom to Marry coalition announced today that State Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs has joined their push to get marriage equality into the platform at the Democratic National Convention.

“Nearly a year ago, New Yorkers stood united in supporting full marriage equality for all loving and committed families, and Democrats led the way,” said Mr. Jacobs.  “We now see first-hand how marriage improves the lives of gay couples and their families, and strengthens businesses and communities throughout the Empire State.  Marriage equality is simply the right thing to do, and that’s why I strongly believe that the Democratic Party should stand united for a freedom to marry plank in our national Democratic Party platform.”  Continue reading “State Dem Chair Jay Jacobs Pushes Obama On Same Sex Marriage”

Jacobs Uncertain Of Future as State Dem Chair

cuomo Jacobs Uncertain Of Future as State Dem ChairState Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs proudly carried the party’s banner–quite literally, at times–during yesterday’s Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, marching alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo up Northern Blvd.

Earlier this year, The Post reported that the two were on the outs, with Cuomo looking to replace Jacobs as state chair with Cuomo’s ally Charlie King, who now serves as the party’s executive director.

Such a move would not be  unexpected–state chairs are determined by the vote of the county chairmen, but it is customary for a governor to want to put his own person in the slot, and Jacobs is very much an ally of former Governor David Paterson.

In an interview after the parade, Jacobs said that he was still waiting to find out about his future.

“We are going to talk about all of those things when we’ve got time for the politics,” he said. “I think the governor has been so immersed in the governmental stuff he hasn’t focused on what he wants the state party to do. Obviously I am anxious to hear what his views are. We are good friends. We get along great. I am the Nassau chair, of course, I will continue in that.  I am just going to see what he wants to do.”

When Jacobs became state chairman in 2009, he had presided over a Democratic wave in Nassau County that helped flip the State Senate. Since then, however, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi lost his re-election and the Senate flipped back to Republican hands, with those Long Island lawmakers losing their seats in the process.

In one bright spot for Jacobs, he may have an extra Congressional seat if Peter King goes through with his threat to run for president.

Jacobs said he wasn’t sure the prospect of President King was worth flipping one Congressional seat, even in his own backyard.

“There is a good piece to that for me,” he said. “It opens a seat for Congress. That’s the one positive. I don’t know if the trade-off is worth it. He is quite a character in Nassau County.”