Judith Jacobs

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Judith Jacobs
Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature
In office
2000–2007
Member of the Nassau County Legislature for the 16th Legislative District
In office
1996–2016
Personal details
Born(1939-01-13)January 13, 1939
New York City, New York
DiedSeptember 13, 2016(2016-09-13) (aged 77)
Manhasset, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sid
Childrenthree

Judith "Judy" Jacobs (January 13, 1939 – September 13, 2016) was the presiding officer of the Nassau County legislature. In her fifth term as a legislator, Jacobs represented legislative district 16,[1] which includes: Woodbury; Jericho; Plainview; Old Westbury; Roslyn Heights; and parts of Syosset; Old Bethpage; and Roslyn Estates[2] Her district in the past also included Bethpage, Cove Neck, East Norwich, Jericho, Laurel Hollow, Muttontown, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainview, Syosset, and Woodbury. She was elected to the newly formed legislature in 1995, and was chair or vice-chair of a number of committees: rules and procedures; planning, development and the environment; legislative budget review; and government services and operations. She was also minority leader of the legislature from March to December 1999.[3]

A former teacher in the Elmont school district, Jacobs received her B.A. degree from Hunter College, where she also did graduate work. She was politically active for more than thirty years, including a campaign to close the Old Bethpage landfill. She ran for a Town Council seat in the Town of Oyster Bay, New York twice in 1977 and 1993, losing both times. She was also the Democratic Leader for the Town of Oyster Bay for years.[4] She has been a trustee at Syosset Hospital and a member of the Syosset Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of other community organizations, including the Women's American ORT and the North Shore Synagogue. She was selected to the 2002 class of the "Top 50 Women in Long Island" by the Long Island Business News.[3]

Jacobs focused on quality of life and child care issues, and was active in breast cancer awareness efforts. She was a resident of Woodbury for thirty-nine years, and has three grown children and six grandchildren.[3] She was known around her district as "Grandma Ju Ju" [5] She died in Manhasset, New York on September 13, 2016 after a fall at her home. She had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome four months prior and had been weakened by the effects of the disease.[6]

On December 5, 2016 the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education voted to rename the Parkway Elementary School as the Judy Jacobs Parkway Elementary School in her honor.

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