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Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs is chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.
Jay Jacobs

Democrats are halfway through their largely virtual national convention. Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden was formally nominated for president by state and territorial delegations. Biden will speak Thursday night, but Wednesday night his former boss – President Barack Obama – and his running-mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, take center stage. New York State Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs is excited to hear Harris speak. He spoke Wednesday with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

The state capitol in Albany
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Even with the state essentially closed down through May 15, it is a busy time in New York and national politics. WAMC News spoke with Jay Jacobs, chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, on Thursday.

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Over the past few months, several New York state GOP senators have announced they would not seek re-election. The latest came this week: Republican James Seward.