It's been a year of managing political storms for Jay Jacobs, the New York Democratic Committee chairman.
Jacobs was the one to tell then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August 2021 that it was time to resign. He helped to usher in Cuomo's successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, with support from the party's leadership and allies.
He's survived challenges to his leadership from progressive advocates discontent with what they see as a party of too many moderates. And on Thursday evening, he was handily re-elected as the Democratic chairman amid uncertainty for the party's chances nationally in November.
"Together, we will maintain the New York State Democratic Party’s reputation of excellence and leadership, fighting for lasting changes that impact all New Yorkers," Jacobs said. "We have set out a bold policy agenda for the coming year, and I look forward to executing our goals to make New York a more affordable and equitable state."
Democrats are grappling with the typical political headwinds that come with a midterm election with an incumbent in the White House. Added to that are voter concerns over public safety and the economy.
In New York, an effort by Democrats in the state Legislature to redraw legislative boundaries was turned down by a Republican-led challenge in the courts, and an independent special master redrew the lines — giving the GOP a potential lifeline for key downballot races for the House of Representatives.
The party had to replace Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin following his arrest on corruption charges with newly minted Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado this past spring.
There are also questions over Latino and Hispanic representation at the state party and on the ballot — a concern Democrats this year moved to address after an outcry from community members and advocates.
Still, Democrats are expected to maintain their dominance in New York politics. The party controls all levers of power in Albany, and the Republicans have not won statewide since 2002.
The overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, putting abortion politics before voters, has also become a central issue for Democrats' camapigns. A special election to fill Delgado's congressional seat was won, with Democrat Pat Ryan touting his support for abortion rights.
“In New York, we have a model state committee that is supercharged, energized, and brings in people from all walks of life who believe in building a stronger state for all,” Hochul said. “It's not just about the governor's race, it’s about every race on the ballot this year, and I’m proud of the strong team we’re building to defend our values and move New York forward.”