Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs is slated to begin his second stint as leader of the New York State Democratic Committee, officials announced Monday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended that the party make their next leader Jacobs, who helped unseat three Republicans in the state Senate in the November elections, flipping the chamber to Democratic control.
“Jay Jacobs is an outstanding champion for Long Island with an unparalleled record of bringing Democrats together to win historic victories,” Cuomo said. “I am excited to work with him to further strengthen our party and elect even more Democrats up and down the ballot.”
Jacobs would replace outgoing state Dem chair Byron Brown. Jacobs, who became county chair in 2001, last held the state leadership post from 2009 to 2012.
President Barack Obama also recommended he serve as an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee. Jacobs, who runs a half dozen camps as his day job, is married with two daughters, two grandchildren, and lives in Laurel Hollow.
The governor credited Jacobs with helping make history in getting Laura Curran elected as the first female Nassau County executive in 2017, among other local firsts.
“In this consequential time for our party, our state and our country I am honored to have been asked by Governor Cuomo to once again serve as New York State Democratic Chair,” Jacobs said. “After so many progressive achievements I am appreciative and excited for the opportunity to work with him and our state party once again as we continue to fight for a progressive agenda and marshal our resources for the upcoming challenges ahead.”