Judith Jacobs, American legislator, Died at 77

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Judith “Judy” Jacobs was born on January 13, 1939, and died on September 13, 2016.

He was the presiding officer of the Nassau County legislature.

During her fifth term as a legislator, Jacobs represents legislative district 16, which includes Bethpage, Cove Neck, East Norwich, Jericho, Laurel Hollow, Muttontown, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Plainview, Syosset, and Woodbury.

Jacobs was elected to the newly formed legislature in 1995, and is 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.

Judith was also minority leader of the legislature from March to December 1999.

She was also a former teacher in the Elmont school district, Jacobs received her B.A. degree from Hunter College where she also did graduate work.

Jacobs has been politically active for more than thirty years, including a campaign to close the Old Bethpage landfill.

Judith has been a trustee at Syosset Hospital and a member of the Syosset chamber of commerce.

Jacobs was also a member of other community organizations, including the Women’s American ORT and the North Shore synagogue.

Jacobs was selected to the 2002 class of the “Top 50 Women in Long Island” by the Long Island Business News.

She has focused on quality of life and child care issues and has been active in breast cancer awareness efforts. She has been a resident of Woodbury for thirty-nine years and has three grown children and six grandchildren.

Jacobs died in Manhasset, New York, after a fall at her home.

Jacobs had been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in four months earlier and had been weakened by the effects of the disease.

Judith Jacobs passed away at 77 years old.