Oyster Bay, New York , United States
|| January 13, 1939
|Died||September 13, 2016
Sep 14, 2016 11:40pm
|Info||Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) serves as Presiding Officer of the Democratically-held Nassau County Legislature. Jacobs, in her fifth term as a legislator, represents Legislative District 16, which is comprised of the communities of Bethpage, Cove Neck, East Norwich, Jericho, Laurel Hollow, Muttontown, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainview, Syosset, and Woodbury. |
Jacobs was selected to the 2002 and 2004 class of the Top 50 Women in Long Island by Long Island Business News, and has brought her vast knowledge to a host of Legislative committees since being elected to the newly formed Nassau County Legislature in 1995.
Presiding Officer Jacobs is chair of the Rules and Procedures Committee, vice chair of the Planning, Development and the Environment Committee, and is vice chair of the Legislative Budget Review Committee. She also served as the Minority Leader of the Legislature from March until December 31, 1999.
During her tenure in the legislature, Presiding Officer Jacobs has led the way with legislation banning smoking in all restaurants, bars and workplaces in the County. For the first time she has brought together elected officials from New York City, Suffolk and Westchester to work on developing a regional approach to this important heath issue. In addition, she has worked together with Suffolk County leaders on several island-wide issues such as Medicaid reform, economic development, planning and public health and safety concerns.
Jacobs' activism has roots that go back more than 30 years when she focused her efforts on civic and environmental issues on behalf of her community. Her commitment to the environment helped lead the way by supporting pioneering legislation to preserve open space, recreational areas and other environmentally sensitive areas in the County. She demonstrated her involvement as a civic leader as a member of the Syosset Homeowners Against Pollution of the Environment (S.H.A.P.E.) and Residents Against Garbage Expansion (R.A.G.E.), which successfully closed the Old Bethpage Landfill. She also served as a trustee at Syosset Community Hospital and was responsible for infusing new life into the Syosset Chamber of Commerce. She played a vital role in the Plainview Protect Our Water Committee, Save Syosset Hospital Committee, Windsor Chapter of Cerebral Palsy, and she served on the Variety Pre-Schoolers Board of Trustees.
Among her top priorities, Jacobs counts quality of life and child care issues. She has also been active in the fight against breast cancer.
Presiding Officer Jacobs is currently a member of the Nassau Neighborhood Network and a member of the North Shore Synagogue. She is a founding member of the Joint Civic Council of the Town of Oyster Bay and founder and past president of the Woodset Chapter of Women's America ORT.
A former teacher in the Elmont School District, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College where she also did graduate work.
She has been a resident of Woodbury for 35 years and has three grown children, Jackie, Lenny and Linda, and has six grandchildren: Aimee, Matthew, Sara, Danielle, Leah and Ethan.