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November 5, 2009

November 4, 2009




Bill Owens pulled out an extraordinary victory in New York’s 23rd Congressional District against the extreme right wing of a Republican Party in disarray, making him the first Democrat to hold that seat since the Civil War. An Air Force veteran and long-time community leader, Bill Owens represents the best of the Democratic Party and embodies our belief that government has to work for all to be successful.

Bill Owens entered this race to stand strongly with and for the people of upstate New York and to bring upstate values to Washington.  President Obama and Vice President Biden both traveled to New York to show their full support for candidate Owens. Now, as our next Congressman from the 23rd district, Bill Owens will go to Washington to work along with the Administration to pass comprehensive health care reform, assistant in our country’s economic recovery, and lend his voice and experience to important discussions about national security and the future of our military in Afghanistan. Owens will continue his work to create new jobs and bring economic development to the 23rd District.  He will ensure returning Veterans receive the respect and care they deserve and will serve as a strong voice for our farmers and ranchers in upstate New York, providing them with the support that they need to get the job done.

“We send our congratulations to Bill Owens for a race well run.  He will be an honorable representative for the people of the 23rd District of New York,” said Jay S. Jacobs, Democratic State Chair.  “The Democratic Party will not establish a litmus test for our candidates, like the one the Republicans imposed on their candidates in the 23rd. I’m proud to be a part of a Democratic Party that represents all of the working people of New York.”

The State Democratic Committee deployed troops to knock on doors, make countless phone calls, and helped to get Owens’ message out to the voters of the 23rd Congressional district.

Democrats also achieved two important victories in New York City.



John Liu, whose historic victory in New York City as the newly elected City Comptroller and first Asian-American elected to a city-wide office in New York, will bring financial reforms and accountability back to the City.  John will start on Day 1 to spur economic growth and bring jobs to New York City by investing in infrastructure, maximizing federal stimulus dollars, diversifying investments, reforming the City’s contract process and investing in affordable housing.


Strong, dedicated and persistent, Bill de Blasio will bring a record of achievement to the office of Public Advocate ensuring that New Yorkers have a voice in shaping the policies of their government.  Endorsed by leaders across the political and ideological spectrum, Bill has the support to hold government accountable, the strength to defend the rights of New Yorkers and the determination to get results.


Democrats are proud of our candidate for Mayor. In a race that was much tighter than anyone predicted, Bill Thompson mounted a strong challenge to Bloomberg and his millions, speaking for disenfranchised voters across the City. We recognize Bill Thompson’s outstanding record of service as President of the Board of Education and as our City’s Comptroller.  Thompson is a tireless champion for working people and has the courage to talk about the issues that matter most.  Bill has dedicated his life to building a City that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

Contact: Edgar Santana, 212-725-8825 /



Strong Responsible Leadership from Governor Paterson

October 16, 2009

October 15, 2009


Strong Responsible Leadership from Governor Paterson

Governor David A. Paterson today called on the State Legislature to enact his two-year, $5 billion deficit reduction plan and to work with him as he makes the hard decisions necessary to turn New York’s economy around.

“Governor Paterson is a leader with the vision and determination to make the tough choices that are needed to secure New York’s future and with the fortitude to get the job done,” said Jay Jacobs, New York State Committee Chair.

“The Governor’s bold plan, which will eliminate the current-year budget gap without raising taxes, is a critically needed wake-up call and deserves the full-support of the State Legislature.  Governor Paterson knows that we need to make sacrifices now to ensure a brighter, more prosperous future for hard working people across the State of New York.”

Governor Paterson outlined an aggressive, wide-ranging $5 billion Deficit Reduction Plan that includes the following near-term saving actions to close the State’s mid-year deficit and long-term structural reforms to help lower taxpayer costs:

  • Across-the-board spending reductions of $3.8 billion over the next 2 years.
  • A Tax Penalty Forgiveness Program for a savings of $350 million.
  • Additional Administrative savings of $295 million.
  • Transfers of excess revenues from the Battery Park City Authority/Dormitory Authority for a savings of $326 million.
  • $100 million in savings by transferring proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and monies from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to the General Fund, while still allowing the State to meet its commitments to the Green Jobs legislation its original (EPF) cash spending plan.
  • $200 million in franchise payments in the 2009-10 fiscal year as a result of winning the bid for the Aqueduct Video Lottery Terminal.
  • Tier V pension reform, producing nearly $50 billion in savings over the next thirty years for State and local governments.
  • A Cap on State operating fund spending limiting any increases to the average inflation rate over the previous three years.

The Governor’s plan does make exceptions for education, limiting reductions in School Aid, and excludes the STAR property tax relief plan and cuts that represent direct mandated cost shifts to local governments.

Contact: Edgar Santana, 212-725-8825 /


Statement from State Democratic Chair Jay Jacobs

October 8, 2009




New York – On his watch, unemployment rose to 10.3 percent in August and hard working families continued to see their wages decrease.  The real median hourly wage declined and thousands of workers have seen their hours cut at work, and if already unemployed, have given up their search for employment.

At the same time New York City has become increasingly dependent on the financial services industry to drive its economy and during the recent economic expansion as the number high-paying jobs increased – so did the number of low-paying jobs with no benefits – with very few new jobs being created for the working middle class.

“Working Families in New Yorker City cannot afford 4 more years of failed economic policies – policies designed to help the affluent and further penalize the hard working people of New York.  Mayor Bloomberg has turned a deaf ear to the growing chorus of those who are unemployed, uninsured and can’t cover their monthly expenses,” said Jay Jacobs, New York State Committee Chair.

“As City Comptroller, Bill Thompson has been a strong advocate for working families and as Mayor, I know that he will work even harder, during this economic crisis, to turn the economy around and put New Yorkers back to work.”  Jacobs added.

As Mayor, Bill Thompson will:

·                   Work to increase the number of small businesses and independent workers – the key to innovation, economic diversification and job creation.

·                   Fund training programs to ensure New Yorkers have the skills they will need to hold onto their jobs, earn a living wage and move up the career ladder.

·                   Make the creation of more long-term, living wage jobs priority #1. Thompson will work in collaboration with community and business partners, creating industry advisory councils and using economic and labor market analysis to direct limited public development resources, build a growth economy and identify and support the sectors that have the greatest potential to create new jobs – as soon as possible – for the working men and women of New York City.

Contact: Edgar Santana, 212-725-8825 /


NYS Democratic Committee Elects Jay Jacobs Chairman

October 2, 2009

June O’Neill to serve as Chair of the Executive Committee

Leadership team looks to build and expand on record victories in 2010

BUFFALO, NY – Today the New York State Democratic Committee unanimously nominated and elected Jay Jacobs to serve as its Chairman. Jacobs, the Chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee, succeeds June O’Neill who will now serve as the Executive Committee Chair of the Democratic Committee.

“This is a great time to be a Democrat, not only in New York State, but across the Nation. I am excited and honored to serve as the Party’s Chairman, and look forward to building on the great foundation laid by June O’Neill and increasing our margins across the state,” said Jay Jacobs.

“I’m proud to pass the torch to my good friend Jay Jacobs. We have a lot of work ahead of us and I’m excited to tackle 2010 as a team. The values of the Democratic Party were forged right here in New York, and I am confident they will continue to flourish under Jay’s expert leadership,” added June O’Neill.

As hundreds of Democrats descended on Buffalo to rally the party and exchange ideas, Jacobs illustrated a bold vision to tackle the next election cycle and not only maintain Democratic dominance in all state-wide offices, but grow majorities from the county to the state level-most notably in the Senate.

Jacobs pledged to:

  • Build up the resources and organization of the State Party
  • Make the State Party the campaign resource for Democratic candidates in NYS
  • Provide an active voice in the issues & policies of the day
  • Devise a working structure with the 62 County Chairs as its foundation
  • Create, once and for all, an Institutional Party Office that endures.

“June O’Neill has served our party and my administration with great passion, dedication and energy. She enjoys the admiration and support of people from one end of this great state to the other, people who have seen her fight for Democratic principles during her more than 30 years of service. Her efforts have allowed us to make great strides as a party, including helping our party raise $12.9 million. Although we will miss one of our ‘winningest’ state party chairs in New York history, June’s keen eye for detail as well as the big picture will continue to serve Democrats well as Chair of the Executive Committee.

At the same time, I am excited to welcome Jay Jacobs, Nassau County Democratic Chair as our next State Chair. Jay has proven himself as a strong, dynamic leader who has grown the Democratic Party and won elections at every level. Jay is exactly the right person for this job and his energy, creativity and leadership will help move our party forward and advance Democratic principles and priorities,” said Governor David Paterson.

“Jay Jacobs is the right person for the job. He is smart, hard working and universally respected and liked. He will be a wonderful State Chair. I also commend June O’Neill for her leadership of and commitment to the party. We are very fortunate that she will remain engaged as the Chair of the Executive Committee,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

“Chairwoman June O’Neill has provided outstanding leadership to our party and our state, and I thank her for her service.  I am confident that the party will only continue to grow and prosper under the leadership of our newly-elected State Chair Jay Jacobs.  I wish him all the best in his new role. On behalf of Democrats across New York, I thank you both and I look forward to continue working with you,” added U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I want to congratulate Jay Jacobs on his election today to the chairmanship of the New York State Democratic Committee. I look forward to working with Jay as he leads the Party and as we continue building and strengthening the party to maintain New York’s role as a national leader for smart, progressive, and responsible policies,” added New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

“Jay Jacobs is an outstanding leader with a record of results. From turning the Nassau County Committee into a powerhouse, to making record gains at the local and state levels. June O’Neill has done an incredible job and both she and Jay will bring a formidable vision and experience to the State Party,” said Tom DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller.

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said: “On behalf of all Democrats in New York State, I want to extend congratulations to Jay Jacobs and heartfelt thanks to June O’Neill. June’s dedicated leadership and hard work have helped New York State Democrats overcome many challenges and accomplish so much in recent years. Now, as we take on a new set of challenges, I know that Jay will be able to continue and expand our record of success.”

“We need a strong Democratic organization to expand our majority in the State Senate and help Democrats at every level in 2010,” said State Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson. “Under the leadership of Jay Jacobs and June O’Neill, our State Party will help deliver the change New Yorkers deserve and expect.”

“Jay Jacobs has the vision and expertise to get the job done. Together with June O’Neill, I am confident they will lead our party to victory in 2010,” Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm A. Smith.

Jay Jacobs was first elected as the Chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee in 2001. Since taking 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, Counter 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. Chairman Jacobs is also member of the Democratic National Committee.

In addition, Jay Jacobs is the owner/operator of three sleep-away camps, Timber Lake Camp, Timber Lake West and Tyler Hill Camp and two day camps, North Shore Day Camp & School and the newest member of the TLC Family of Camps, Hampton Country Day Camp. 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.

June F. O’Neill has spent more than thirty years working in Democratic politics and New York state government. As the Chairwoman of the St. Lawrence County Democrats she flipped the majority on the County Legislature, and as the Chairwoman of the State Party presided over the historic expansion of the party at all levels of government.

June is an active member of the Democratic Rural Conference. She has also served as a member and past chair of the SUNY Potsdam College Council and on numerous boards and commissions including: the Albany Law School Government Law Center Advisory Board; the Cornell Local Government Program Executive Committee; the NYS Government Finance Officers Northeast Regional Council. June attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She and her husband, Ronald, reside in the town of Canton near their daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Victoria Hayes and their granddaughter, Delaney Rose.

Contact: Edgar Santana, 212-725-8825 /


Statement from State Democratic Chair June O’Neill

September 18, 2009

“I join Governor Paterson in pledging our full support of Bill Thompson as the next Mayor of New York City. Bill has always been on the front lines to provide our children with a quality education, to fight predatory lenders who rob New Yorkers of their right to the American dream, and to advocate for those who have been marginalized in New York City. With record unemployment in New York, we need a mayor who will stand up for everyone, not just the privileged few. We need a mayor who will be a champion for all hard-working New Yorkers who are the backbone of our city’s success. Bill Thompson has the experience and vision to grow the middle class and keep them in New York City. We stand proud that Bill Thompson is the Democratic nominee and I am confident that Bill Thompson will take back City Hall in November.”

Contact: Edgar Santana, 212-725-8825 /

Statement of June O’Neill on the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy:

August 26, 2009

“The nation has lost the ‘lion of the Senate’ and a champion for those who are marginalized and disenfranchised in our country. Senator Kennedy was an American icon and a hero to millions who admired his strength, grace, intellect and conviction.

In 1980 I had the privilege of being elected a Ted Kennedy delegate to the Democratic National Convention held that year in Madison Square Garden. It was a memorable night when he gave one of the best, and most moving speeches of his career. He pledged then to fight for Americans who are unemployed and for national health care insurance.

Last year, as a delegate to the National Convention in Denver, I was among the thousands who were in the hall to see and hear Senator Kennedy deliver what would become his final major public address. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he finished. He reminded us of how far we had come, and how far we have yet to go. He implored the country to support the ‘passing of the torch to a new generation’ and to make sure that health care became a right not a privilege. Ironically, that marvelous speech was delivered one year ago today. Although we mourn this great loss, Senator Kennedy’s legacy lives on.

Senator Kennedy was the standard bearer of the Democratic Party and our values but as a legislator he worked with his Senate colleagues across the aisle to make health insurance available to children in poor families, to raise the minimum wage, to expand job training programs, to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act that barred discrimination with people with physical disabilities, and the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition program to improve the health of mothers and infants. There isn’t a piece of major legislation in the last three decades that did not bear Senator Kennedy’s hand print. And, there will be no better way to honor Senator Kennedy than passing affordable health care insurance for all Americans.

We have lost a legendary giant and we will miss him dearly. On behalf of a grateful New York State Democratic Committee, we send our condolences to the Kennedy family and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”


August 25, 2009

“I was deeply saddened to learn today of the tragic death of two firefighters who were killed in the line of duty while responding to an early morning alarm in Buffalo. Lieutenant Charles McCarthy and firefighter Jonathan Croom died in service to their community, performing duties firefighters think of as routine but we know are heroic. These brave men repeatedly answered the call to serve in harm’s way, putting their own safety on the line to protect others. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Lieutenant McCarthy and firefighter Croom.”

Statement from State Democratic Chair June O’Neill

August 13, 2009

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dede and her father, William Scozzafava, and the entire family. We wish Mr. Scozzafava a speedy and healthy recovery, and hope that he will soon join Dede on the campaign trail.”

DNC’s Democratic Change Commission Invites People From Across the Country to Submit Their Ideas for Changes to Presidential Nominating Process

August 7, 2009

To submit ideas, click on:

Next Meeting to Be Held in St. Louis August 29

Washington, DC—Today, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, along with Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), co-chairs of the Democratic Change Commission, invited people from across the nation to assist the Change Commission by submitting their suggestions and ideas for making changes to the presidential nominating process via the Commission’s website,, by Friday, August 21, 2009. These suggestions will be discussed at the next Change Commission meeting to be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Downtown Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Democratic Change Commission was established last year and is tasked with recommending changes to the Party’s 2012 presidential nominating process. It is charged with addressing three issues: 1) changing the window of time during which primaries and caucuses may be held 2) reducing the number of superdelegates and 3) improving the caucus system. The Commission must issue its report and recommendations to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee no later than January 1, 2010.

Chairman Kaine said, “America was founded in order to create a government that is of, for and by the people and what developed is one of the strongest democracies in history. Our election system is fundamental to the strength of our democracy and of our country as a whole. That’s why the Change Commission aims to make sure the Presidential nominating process is as inclusive as possible and why we are asking people to submit their thoughts and ideas and be a part of the process.”

Congressman Clyburn said, “As the Change Commission studies these three issues, we are interested in hearing recommendations from folks across the country. We encourage voters to submit their thoughts as we work to make the process of selecting our nominee as inclusive and accessible as possible.”

Senator McCaskill said, “In this last election, we saw an unprecedented level of involvement and interest in the Democratic Presidential Nominating Process. We hope voters will maintain their enthusiasm and help us determine how best to prepare for future elections.”

Information provided to the Commission via the website by Friday, August 21, 2009 will be distributed to the Commission members at their upcoming meeting on August 29 in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting is open to the public and press. Details on the meeting location are below:

Next meeting of the Change Commission

Saturday, August 29, 9:30 am

Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Downtown Hotel

200 North Fourth Street

St. Louis, Missouri

Statement of State Democratic Chair June O’Neill Regarding Supreme Court Judge Sotomayor

August 6, 2009

NEW YORK, NY – New York State Democratic Committee Chair June O’Neill today issued the followed statement commending the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, to serve on the United States Supreme Court:

“This is an historic and proud day for Americans as the Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the third woman and first Latina to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court. A native New Yorker who was recommended for the position by Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Judge Sotomayor’s inspiring confirmation is one we will always recall for her intellect, poise and legal scholar. I join Governor David Paterson in congratulating our new Supreme Court Justice.”