Jacobson sworn in early as assemblyman

Jonathan Jacobson, a former longtime Orange County Democratic chairman who was elected to an open Assembly seat this month, has officially taken office before the usual January start of the legislative terms to serve the last month and a half remaining in the late Frank Skartados’ two-year term.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie swore in Jacobson in Albany on Thursday. Jacobson, who stepped down as county Democratic chairman after 22 years in 2014, and later won a seat on the Newburgh City Council, beat Republican Scott Manley on Nov. 6 in the 104th Assembly District race. Skartados, a fellow Democrat who served in the Assembly for eight years, died from pancreatic cancer in April.

The 104th District consists of the cities of Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Beacon and towns of Newburgh, Marlborough and Lloyd

Jacobson stepped down from his council seat after winning the Assembly election. In a press release announcing his swearing-in, Jacobson said, “I am excited to get to work representing the residents of the 104th Assembly District.”

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