Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs was first elected to his position in October of 2001. Since he took office, the voters of Nassau County have re-elected a Democratic Majority in the Legislature in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007, and elected a Democratic County Executive, County Comptroller, County Assessor, and District Attorney.
Under the Chairman’s leadership, the Nassau County Democratic Committee has raised more money and elected more Democrats than ever before. Jay Jacobs was the Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee from 2009-2012, and also serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Jay Jacobs is the owner/operator of three sleep-away camps, Timber Lake Camp, Timber Lake West and Tyler Hill Camp, and three day camps, North Shore Day Camp & School, Hampton Country Day Camp and Teen Hampton.
Some of his past professional affiliations include serving on the New York State Camp Health and Safety Council, President of ACA’s NY section, and President of the New York State Camp Directors Association. He is the founder of SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge), a program that sends inner city children to not-for-profit camps. In 2001, Jay founded and currently serves as Chairman of Project Heal the Children, an ACA program that provides free summer camp experiences for the children of victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
Jay grew up in Forest Hills and graduated with a BA degree from SUNY Oneonta and a JD from Northwestern University Law School. Jay currently resides in Laurel Hollow with his wife Mindy. They have two daughters, Jessica and Jackie.