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Assemblymen Shore Up Support for Jacobs

September 12, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
At MedReview’s headquarters on Monday, September 10th, CEO Joseph Stamm hosted Assistant Assembly Speaker Rhoda Jacobs, who is being challenged for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn.

Jacobs has been serving in New York’s Assembly for 34 years and her supporters hope to see her continue her tenure. Stamm, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke about Jacobs’ outstanding accomplishments for her constituents and her acute understanding of the legislative and governmental process.  
 

Mr. Stamm said that, “Throughout her tenure in office, Ms. Jacobs has been at the forefront of significant issues in health care, Medicaid welfare reform, job development, consumer education and protection in banking, insurance and public utilities.”

Mr. Silver said, "Rhoda has been with me in the Legislature for 34 years. She has a broader view of the issues that face the state of New York. And I come to you on behalf of the other 148 members, though representing themselves, who are saying to you, 'Thank you for supporting Rhoda Jacobs, thank you for giving the opportunity to come back to Albany so they can all share in her expertise.'" 

Silver added, "Rhoda spent many years as Chair of the Social Services Committee. Rhoda understands what it is to be poor. She understands what it is to provide the bootstraps to lift people up who want to be in the middle class of New York and need that assistance. Her district is the perfect example of representing people who want to get ahead and need some assistance from government." 

Mr. Hikind noted, "Rhoda is a remarkable individual. What she has managed to do in her district for so many years, being there for people. She has been successful all of these years and she's going to be successful this year as well. The reason she's been successful is one thing: She's there, she produces, she cares. She has an amazing office of constituent services. She's there for everybody equally. We have to be there for her this coming Thursday and really pull the vote out."

Ms. Jacobs represents a district that is predominantly Caribbean. However, because of her outstanding record, she has received numerous union endorsements including 1199SEIU, SEIU 32BJ, NYSUT, DC 37, UFT, IBT, CWA 1182 as well as from State Senator Eric Adams and Borough President Marty Markowitz.
 
Ms. Jacobs, who served as chair of two different committees in the Assembly before being appointed to Assistant Speaker in 2003, said there is still more work to be accomplished in the 42nd Assembly District.
 
“I've always operated on the premise, 'If it's good for my constituents, it's good for the whole state. Despite the fact that it can be a difficult district to serve, I  feel very, very personally strong about the people in it. I do hope I'm successful on Thursday because I really feel that there are things I still have to do in the Legislature and for my constituents," said Jacobs. 
 
She also thanked Mr. Silver for his support in helping women to serve in important Assembly positions.
 
“Shelly Silver has done more for women in this state. He has done more to empower the women of the Legislature than anybody else.”
 
The primary is being held on Thursday, September 13 rather than the usual Tuesday in recognition of the 11th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. marc@laborpress.org

PUBLISHERS NOTE:

I HAVE KNOWN ASSEMBLYWOMAN RHODA JOCOBS FOR THIRTY YEARS. HER RECORD OF SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, CHILD CARE, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE AND TRANSPORTATION IS SECOND TO NONE. CLEARLY RHODA HAS EARNED THE ENDORSEMENT OF THIS PUBLICATION.

Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher

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