Jacobs said she is running again because "I have the energy needed and motivation to continue in my role." She added, "I treat any constituent's problem as my own, and I work to find solutions." Jacobs said the county "is in the middle of a storm of unbalanced budgets, contract issues and economic decline." She said she offers "a steady, experienced, disciplined hand to steer through the turmoil to a peaceful solution . . . I cannot promise to single-handedly lower taxes, but I will fight against the wasteful spending driving them ever higher." Jacobs said the endorsements she has received show her "environmental involvement, my human rights involvement and my support of our union workers."
Jacobs, 76, of Woodbury, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Women's Equality and Working Families lines. Jacobs was elected to the first Nassau County Legislature that took office in 1996 and has been re-elected ever since. She became presiding officer in 2000 when Democrats won the majority and served as legislative leader through 2008. A graduate of Hunter College, she had been a second-grade teacher in Elmont when she moved to Woodbury and became a civic leader and activist in Oyster Bay. Jacobs is now director of community relations for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. She is a member of the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, Hadassah, the Sierra Club and North Shore Synagogue. A widow, she has three children and nine grandchildren.