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A "True Blue" Tribute on October 12, 2014

Jonathan Jacobson:  Celebrating the Past - Looking to the Future

We celebrate and thank Jonathan Jacobson for his leadership as Chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee for almost 22 years.

A life-long Orange County resident and a proud product of the Newburgh city school district, he graduated from Duke University cum laude with a degree in Political Science and then went on to receive his law degree from New York Law School.

It was at Duke that Jonathan began his involvement in Democratic politics, volunteering for the National Democratic Charter Commission, which was headed by North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford.  Jonathan then went onto become a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1974, 1978, 1988 and 2012.

A member of the Orange County Democratic Committee since he was 18, and as Chair of the County Committee from 1989 – 1991 and 1995 – 2014, he was integral in moving the Party forward:   Mary McPhillips was elected Orange County Executive and Roxanne Donnery was elected Chair of the County Legislature.

In 2008 the Democratic Party became the majority part in Orange County. 

In 1989 Democratic County legislators numbered three.  There are now nine.

We now have three Democratic Assembly members and a US Congressman.

Jonathan has been an attorney for over 36 years.  He served as Assistant New York State Attorney General under Bob Abrams and headed the Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau in Poughkeepsie.  He also served as Assistant Counsel to New York State Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink, assigned to the Labor Committee.

He has also been an election law attorney.   Two of his most successful cases contributed to the elections of Orange County legislators;  in 1995 he helped preserve the four vote lead of Michael Paduch and in 2012 did the same for Roseanne Sullivan.

In his brief hiatus from chairing the Orange County Democratic Party he was a New York State Worker’s Compensation Law Judge.  His private practice still focuses on Workers’ Compensation and Social Security disability cases. 

Jonathan continues to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee from the City of Newburgh and a New York State Democratic Committee member representing the 104th Assembly District.


  "True Blue” Roasters Honoring Jonathan Jacobson

Former Orange County NY Democratic Committee Chair

Master of Ceremonies:  Matthew Turnbull  [Orange Co. Legislator]

Opening Prayer:  Kevin Mulqueen [Town of Wallkill]

Recognition by Dignitaries:                                    US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

NY State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman 

Orange County Legislature Roasters:  Jeff Berkman, Mike Paduch, Chris Eachus 

NY State Assembly Roasters:  Aileen Gunther, Frank Skartados, James Skoufis 

Friendly Roaster:  Adrienne Vavricka 

Mayor Roaster:  Joseph DiStefano

Roast Light:  Helen Ullrich 

Wrap-Up Roaster:  Roxanne Donnery

 OCNYDems thank this Event Committee for a great evening:  Janette McKay, Louise Vandemark, Matt Turnbull and Mickey Morgano


September 23, 2014:  Orange County Democratic Committee Reorganization Meeting


 ”It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your County chair for nearly 22 years – January 1989 to July 1991, and from July 1995 to the present.  That’s longer than Derek Jeter has played in the majors for the Yankees!

We have come a long way and have fought many battles together.  And together, we have made Orange County a better place to live and to run for office as a Democrat.

There is no question that Orange County is now a purple county.  Not that it is easy to get elected as a Democrat in every part of the county, but when you have good candidates who do the basics and there is a strong committee behind the candidates, we do win.

And if you do not think that this County is purple and competitive, just ask the Republicans.

I am not going to go through the long list of accomplishments we have made together. But look around.

We have Democrats elected in Congress and as 3 Assembly members, nine County Legislators and a host of local officials.

But one thing is true as it was when I joined the Committee when I was 18, over 42 years ago. We are Democrats in Orange County not because it is the easy thing to do, but because it is the right thing to do.

We live by the simple belief – which has proven true time after time – that the election of Democrats means better government for everyone.

I'm proud of how far we’ve come together, and I know that we will get even stronger in the years ahead … ”  

 OCNYDems elect Officers, 2014-2016


L to R, bottom:  Mickey Morgano, Louise VanDemark, Eileen Sinkowitz, Karen Mejia, John Galu, Raphael Nieves 

L to R, top:  Chairman Brett Broge, Gregory Anderson, Gail Fletcher, Deborah Mulqueen, Vanessa Bisone, Richard Roberts, Andrea Nilon 

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