ALBANY — Meet the new state Democratic party boss. Same as the old boss.
Gov. Cuomo is set to announce Monday that Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs will replace Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as state party chairman, the Daily News has learned.
Jacobs first headed the state party under then-Gov. David Paterson in 2009 and continued on in the role under Cuomo until resigning in May, 2012.
In returning Jacobs to the role, Cuomo noted that in 2018 Jacobs, as Nassau’s long-time Democratic chairman, helped flip the state Senate by pushing for the election of five Democratic senators in the traditionally GOP-dominated county.
The governor added that in 2017, Jacobs worked to elect the first female county executive and the first Democratic supervisor in the Town of Hempstead’s long history.
“Jay Jacobs is an outstanding champion for Long Island with an unparalleled record of bringing Democrats together to win historic victories, and I am excited to work with him to further strengthen our party and elect even more Democrats up and down the ballot,” Cuomo said.
Jacobs, who will retain his Nassau County chairmanship, said he returns as state party chair at a “consequential time for our party, our state, and our country.”
He vowed to work with Cuomo and the party “as we continue to fight for a progressive agenda and marshal our resources for the upcoming challenges ahead.?
The smooth transition to Jacobs is a stark contrast to the turmoil among New York Republicans.
The News reported last week that after what they called “disastrous” losses for the party, 11 upstate Republican county leaders signed a letter seeking the resignation of GOP Chairman Ed Cox to resign.
Cox refused. His term runs through September and he has said he plans to seek another one.
Jacobs’ selection shows the growing importance of Long Island to the Democrats as Nassau’s once-vaunted Republican machine has suffered through scandal and election losses in recent years.