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Jacobs to remain state Dem Party chief for now

When New York Democrats voted last October to make Nassau County chairman Jay Jacobs the party's statewide chair, he declared: "This is a great time to be a Democrat, not only in New York State, but across the nation."

Since then, the official with whom Jacobs was most closely associated, County Executive Thomas Suozzi, crashed and burned at the polls. And on Friday, David A. Paterson, the Suozzi-friendly governor key to making Jacobs chairman, quit his campaign.

As he and other Democrats moved to back Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for governor, Jacobs was asked if he'll stay as state chairman through this election.

"I would suspect so, yeah. That's what I'm intending," he said.

Someone else asked Jacobs about next year, under a new governor.

"This is keeping me very busy, this job," he replied, smiling. "Can we take one thing at a time?"

ZINGER-IN-CHIEF: Former President George W. Bush won laughs before the Long Island Association Friday with a lighthearted jibe at U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Schumer, a Democrat, noted in warm remarks how, shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Bush assured him New York would get a requested $20 billion in emergency aid - and that the 43rd president stuck to his word, reports Newsday's Andrew Smith.

Later in the program, discussing 9/11, Bush looked around and noted Schumer had left.

"I got the guy $20 billion - and he couldn't even stick around," he quipped.

Bush acknowledged Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights) in the audience, who also met with the president after the attacks.

SCHOOL OF

HARD KNOCKS:In October 2008, the Hofstra University presidential debate was billed as John McCain's last chance to deliver a knockout blow to Barack Obama. McCain failed.

At Hofstra in October 2009, Suozzi debated challenger Edward Mangano. Suozzi then lost.

At Hofstra Feb. 20, Paterson announced his candidacy - only to withdraw six days later.

At the Hempstead institution, one man's path to power is another's Bermuda Triangle.

NEW 1st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TWIST: Newsday's Rick Brand Monday reveals a new angle in the 1st Congressional District scrum: Legis. Jay Schneiderman mulling a run as Independence candidate. (Full story on Page A14).

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