Tuesday, December 22, 2009


We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
As residents of the City of Kingston it is important that our voice be heard when it comes to the issues which we value the most. I am a strong Republican and I was raised to promote the principles and ideals of the Republican Party. Make a New Year's Resolution to yourself and get involved in Making a Difference. If you are not a "Registered Voter", Register Now. Your vote counts and so does your voice. Come out and support the issues that matter in 2010 regardless of your party affiliation.
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I currently host a local TV show "Jacobs Live People for People"on Kingston Public Access Channel 23. My show is on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM. Previously my show aired on Wednesday evenings from 6:30PM-7:00PM. It is an honor and a privilege as a producer, to return my show to the public. I must compliment the KPA Commission for all of their efforts in making this a reality after a year off the air. I look forward to working with them so we can build a successful future together. Also a special thank you to the people behind the scenes who work the equipment at the new studio. Their commitment and dedication is most appreciated.
Each week I will update my BLOG with my guests that were on my show. If you are interested in being a guest on my show, please do not hesitate to contact me at sweetshope@aol.com.
Last evening, December 16, 2009 my guests were the founders of the KINGSTON UPTOWN RESIDENTS' ALLIANCE (KURA), Mr. Jerry Soldner and his wife Doris Soldner. Jerry and his wife Doris moved to Kingston and fell in love with our fine city. Jerry and Doris had a MISSION in making a difference and welcomed all concerned citizens of Kingston who are interested in rebuilding our neighborhoods and improving our community. I have had the opportunity to attend many of their meetings and I must say they have the ability to energize, inspire and motivate membership participation. For more questions or more information regarding KURA please call 888-338-3237 or e-mail info@uptownresidents.org
Also a Special Thank you to Shelly Zimbler (City and County) and Mr. Art Richter (Health Care Matters) for having me on their show over the last two weeks.
I also attended the Ulster County Legislature meeting last evening, prior to my show. There were special accommodations and awards for the legislators that will be leaving this year, hosted by Mr. David Donaldson (Majority Leader). It was a time for joy and tears, as all of them will be leaving their position as an Ulster County Legislator this year. Susan Cummings (24) years, Mr. Frank Dart (18) years, Mr. Glenn Noonan (14) years Mr. Brian Cahill (2) years, Mr. John Decker (2) years and Mr. Gary Bishoff (2+years). I commend them all for their service to Ulster County and the people.
Well off to finish my Holiday Shopping.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Everyone feels the peace, and excitement and wonder of the holidays. I would like everyone to sit back and experience the magic of the season and listen to your heart. Ask yourself a very important question, "How can I make a Difference in my Life and My Community"?
Over the last several weeks I have had the privilege, to return to my show "Jacobs Live People for People" to the airways on the Local KPA Channel 23. I would like to send a Special Thank You to all of the wonderful guests I have had on my show over the last several weeks. Mr. Todd Langon, (Producer, Let's Talk and Mr. Michael Gill Producer, What's the Issue) Mrs. Diane Reeder (Queens Galley), Mr. William Forte (Veterans Administration), Mrs. Laura Petit, (District 7 Ulster County Legislator), Mr. Brian Shapiro, (Executive Director of the Ulster County SPCA) and Ms. Gaetana Ciarlante, (Director and Founder of (SOS) Support of Servicemen and Servicewomen.
I have been away for a while on my BLOG, but never taking my eye off the importance of my community and my public service. I lost my father in September and it has been an extremely difficult time for our family. As of the New Year I feel we must all make resolutions and recognize the importance of UNITY. Gaetana Ciarlante spoke about this on my show last evening as it relates to her Mission and Vision for the future, with operation SOS. It is an eye opener to realize the importance and the power of this one little word.
I am saddened and outraged by many postings and comments about people that I admire and respect on area blogs and newspapers. Please listen to your conscience before passing judgement on others. There are so many issues facing our City, County and Nation that have such a high priority and yet many get caught up in attacking each other personally. Are they the LEADERS of tomorrow? I ask you that question?
Words of Wisdom "Live each day as if your life were being judged by that one day."
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, and a Very Happy and Health New Year.
From the Jacobs Family, Jean, Jared, Jessica, Robin and Daniel

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen Welcome once again to my BLOG
"Jacobs Live People for People"
Recently I attended a lecture on Professional Competence in the 21st Century. I would like to share some of the view points and also ask my viewing audience, for their input as it relates to this subject.
As we enter the 21st century we all live a life style which is fast paced trying to accommodate everyone but remaining professional in our day to day lives. Is it difficult. Absolutely. WHY???Many of us remain children at heart and forget the principles of true professionalism.
Surprisingly, even the basic rules of decorum and courtesy have to be re-taught to mature adults from time to time. Several years ago, I wrote an article on the duties of board members resulting in an Oath of Office which I formulated when I served as a Board President. Many boards of directors have implemented rules of board behavior as an educational tool for new people who did not understand their role or what directors can and cannot do.
So often we take corporate America for granted and forget our true role as professionals. Working together is the common goal we should all recognize in attaining our success as true professionals. My words of wisdom for the day Professional Competence.
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Monday: October 26, 2009
Location: White Eagle Hall
487 Delaware Avenue,
Kingston, NY
Time: 6-8 PM
Tickets $20.00
Join us for an elaborate buffet with incredible delectable's donated by many area restaurants and a host of raffle donations that are complementary of the wonderful local businesses that support our community.
Please come out and make this an evening a Night to Remember.
Meet your City of Kingston Alderman Candidates for Common Council, and Legislature Candidates representing the City of Kingston, County Clerk Candidate, Nina Postupack, and
County Court Judge Candidate, Don Williams.
Tickets will also be sold at the door.
For Ticket Reservations
Tony Sinagra-338-7032
Jean Jacobs-338-1366
Ellen DiFalco 331-7497
We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Republican City Committee will host a Meet and Greet Fundraiser
DATE: Monday October 26, 2009
LOCATION: White Eagle Hall Delaware Avenue, Kingston, NY
TIME: 6:00 PM---8:00 PM
Door Prizes
Tickets Cost: $20.00 per person
Please join us to meet your Alderman and Legislature Candidates. Special Guests attending will will be County Clerk candidate, Nina Postupack and County Court Judge candidate Don Williams.
Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling:
Jean Jacobs: -845-338-1366
Ellen Di Falco-845-331-7497
Tony Sinagra, 845-338-7032
Great Food and Conversation
Please join us in making this a successful event.
Together we Can Make a Difference

Friday, September 11, 2009

In Remembrance 9/11/2001

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
As the day began eight years ago on 9/11/2001 I was off to run some errands for the day. While at the Post Office, I heard some screaming and yelling and was not sure what was occurring. I asked the postmaster and she said that there was an attack by an aircraft on the Twin Towers in New York City and at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. I felt my legs turn to rubber and I began to scream and cry. My son Daniel Jacobs was a Chief Master Sergeant Personal Security Officer for the Chief of the USAF and worked in the Pentagon in Washington D. C. To this day I do not know how I drove home, only to realize that for the next eight hours I did not know the fate of my son Daniel. My daughter Jessica was a student at the time at KHS and was home sick this day with a fever. When I returned home she was not aware what had happened. My son Jared Jacobs was a student at the University of Pittsburgh at the time. He was only miles away from the other airline aircraft that went down in the field near his college in Somerset.
The next eight hours of our families life was a nightmare only to be informed later that my son Daniel was alive. Daniel experienced a day in his life that will live with him forever. I was fortunate to have my son alive but to all of the families that lost loved ones I send my sincere sympathy and prayers. I watched the ceremony today and the horror that struck our Nation on September 11, 2001 will be a remembrance of the people that gave of their lives that day. They are all to be remembered as HERO'S. God Bless America


James Solomon Wells
Born 12/31/1921 Died 9/2/2009
In celebration of my fathers life I searched for a word that would best describe him as a total person when I spoke at St. Josephs Service. COMMITMENT stood out in my mind. Born to Rose Tierney Wells and James Solomon Wells on December 31st, 1921 he began the journey of his life.
As a young boy he and his eight brothers and sisters grew up on Hone Street in the City of Kingston. My father always spoke about how he loved his childhood even though they struggled during the Depression. In those days the children held jobs to help provide for their families. My father started working at the age of six years old. He cherished many memories walking up Broadway in Kingston with his father to help earn money for the family. My father was extremely committed to his church as as a young boy, and served as an alter boy seven days a week at St. Mary's. As the years passed he attended KHS and graduated as the Valedictorian of his class. During this time he met my mother Jean Emily Corcoran while working as a bingo bookie. He would tell us the story how they were meant for each other at their first glance when he saw her across the crowded room in a yellow dress at the bingo hall. He married my mother in 1944 and they were married for 51 years. My Dad was proud to be an American and was a decorated veteran of World War II. During the war our father served as a surgical technician with the U.S. Army. Our father attained the rank of sergeant, servicing in New Guinea and the Philippines, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Metal with a bronze arrowhead and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star. After his military service he returned home in 1946. Over the years since this time our parents had three children, Jean Carol Wells Jacobs Stephan Wells and James Solomon Jr. Our father was committed to his family values and his children. He worked for Hercules as an Administrator and Manager of the Machine Shop for 45 years retiring in 1985. The respect and admiration that he earned from his employees was exemplary of who he was. He leaves this world going to a far better place than any of us can imagine to join the love of his life Jean Emily Corcoran Wells and my brother James Solomon Wells Jr. and all his family that passed before him.
Our father left a legacy to all of us and through his life he taught us to be Committed to life, your family, your country, your work and your faith.
Our family will miss him but remembering his COMMITMENT TO LIFE will sustain us and his legacy forever.
Special Appreciation and Gratitude to the following:
Leahy Funeral Home
Ms. Jolie Dunham who drove from Maryland to sing at our fathers Mass at St. Josephs. Ms. Dunham has a gifted voice from GOD. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Mr. Leonard Walker who spoke at St. Josephs regarding his relationship with my father and the years they spent together. Leonard Walker was like a son to my father at Hercules Powder Company.To the honorable veterans who presented the ceremony of military honor at the grave site at Montropose Cemetery.
To Father Frank at St. Josephs who conducted the High Mass Church Service. To my wonderful children Robin, Jared, Jessica and my son Daniel Jacobs, Chief Master Sargent USAF (23 years) who presented my brother and myself the flag of honor at the grave site ceremony and above all to my brother Stephan Wells, Michelle his wife and their family for caring for our father during the last year of his life in Shoreham Vermont.
Last a Special Thank you to all of the area physicians that cared for my father over the last 20 years of his life. I will be eternally grateful.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


By Jean C. Jacobs August 9, 2009

Let the record show the following: When I campaigned in Ward 5. I carried two flyer's that I designed and printed at Catskill Art Supply in an Electric Pink, which read as follows:
Flyer for Legislator:

I have been a volunteer for over 35 years serving the people of Ulster County and the City of Kingston. ”Together We Can Make a Difference"

Flyer for Alderman Primary:
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
Everyone can make a difference when they exercise their right to vote for the Candidate that will make a difference in Ward 5. I ask for your support and VOTE for me as your Republican Alderman Candidate in the City of Kingston Republican Primary, on Tuesday September 15, 2009.
”Together we can Make a Difference”

FACT: Let me assure the public there was never fraud or deception in my campaign speech with the residents in Ward 5. They can support my statement when I visited their homes. I have never been or will be ashamed to serve my people. I will give you the list of the names and you can ask them directly, if there was ever a time that I deceived or mislead them.

FACT: On July 16, at 2:17 PM: Jean Jacobs turned into the Ulster County Board Of Elections the necessary amount of petition signatures required to run in the Republican Primary for Alderman in Ward 5 on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.

FACT: On July 16, 2009 at 2:17 PM: Jean Jacobs turned in only 8 signatures to run for Legislature in District 12, County of Ulster. Additional signatures carried by 3 committeemen out of 16 eligible to carry were a total of 12 signatures which was a grand total of 20. A total of 49 signatures were required to be a candidate for District 12 Legislator. Therefore from the very beginning the amount of signatures collected for Legislator District 12 for Jean Jacobs was not sufficient to run for office.

FACT: July 17, 2009 Jean Jacobs received a Memo from Thomas Turco, Commissioner and Ms. Kathy Mihm, stating that Pursuant to the provisions of the Section 6-144 of the New York State Education Law that through a petition filed in this office, that Jean Jacobs was nominated as a candidate for public office by the Republican Party, to be voted for at the Primary Election to be held on September 15, 2009. My acceptance was filed by the Board of Elections for this position. I never received an acceptance for County Legislator District 12

FACT: June 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM: I requested a statement while at the Board of Elections office as it relates to running for two positions: A member of the Board of Elections obtained this for me per my request. No County Legislator shall hold at any time any other elective public office.

FACT: July 20, 2009 Jean Jacobs states, “she did not hold any other elective public office position when she carried petitions for Republican Alderman Ward 5 and Republican Legislator District 12”.

FACT: July 20, 2009, SPECIFICATION OF OBJECTIONS filed by the Attorney for member of the community states the following objections: Whereas the undersigned did heretofore and on July 20, 2009 file with the Board of Elections of the County of Ulster, NY objections to the designating petition filed July 16, 2009 in the office of the Board of Elections of Ulster County, New York purporting that JEAN JACOBS , 139 Wall Street, Kingston, New York 12401 as a candidate of the Republican Party for the office of the Ulster County Legislator for District 12 to be voted on at the primary election t be held on September 15, 2009 ; NOW THEREFORE , the undersigned, pursuant to Section 6-154 of the Election Law of the State of New York and other provisions of the law applicable hereto, does hereby specify and amplify the following as grounds of their objections to said petition; to wit: (1) the petition is defective and void because it fails to comply with the provisions of Article 6 of the election law of the State of New York with respect to designating petitions in that it does not contain a sufficient number of valid signatures of voters duly registered and entitled to vote for the position of Legislator for District of the Ulster County Legislature and enrolled as members of the Republican Party. The petition contains 20 signatures of persons enrolled in the Republican Party and eligible to vote for the office of District 12 of the Ulster County Legislature. The minimum number of such enrolled voters of the Republican Party required to qualify a candidate for office is forty-nine (49). That said nomination or designation is therefore null and void.

FACT: On July 24, 2009: Mr. Richard T. Cahill Sr., a resident of Ward 5 in the City of Kingston, County of Ulster and State of New York filed objections to Jean Jacobs, petitions for Alderman in Ward 5, City of Kingston.

FACT: July 24, 2009 Jean Jacobs received another Memo from the Board of Elections from Commissioners Mr. Thomas Turco and Ms. Kathy Mihm stating that, please be advised that Specific Objections to your designating petitions have been filed with the Ulster County Board of Elections. A copy of said objections is hereby attached. A meeting of the Board of Elections will be convened on Tuesday July 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

FACT: On July 28, 2009: Jean Jacobs attended the Specific Objections meeting as it related to Designating petitions of Jean Jacobs for office of Alderman, Ward 5, City of Kingston. While I was in attendance at the meeting with the Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners the objection to my petitions for Ward 5 Alderman in the City of Kingston by Mr. Richard T. Cahill Sr. was unanimously denied. Therefore the petition is deemed valid.

FACT: On July 28, 2009: Jean Jacobs attended the Specific Objections meeting as it related to Designating petitions of Jean Jacobs for the office of Ulster County Legislator, District 12. A member of the community objected to the Republican Designating petition for the office of Ulster County Legislator District 12. The objection was unanimously upheld. Therefore the petition for legislator District 12 is deemed invalid.

FACT: On July 29, 2009: I received by mail a Memorandum from the Board of Elections Commissioner Thomas Turco and Commissioner Kathy Mihm stating that an appeal must be filed 3 days from this ruling that was made by the Board of Elections. The Board of Elections ruled in Jean Jacobs favor regarding Mr. Richard Cahill Sr., objection to the Republican Designating petition of Jean Jacobs for the office of Alderman, Ward 5, City of Kingston. THE OBJECTION WAS UNANIMOUSLY DENIED. Therefore the petition is deemed valid. Jean Jacobs Alderman petitions were deemed valid at this time and Jean Jacobs Legislature petitions did not have enough signatures to validate her candidacy for the position of Legislator in District 12 County of Ulster.

FACT: On July 28, 2009 while attending my monthly Republican Committee meeting I was served with papers by a Republican Committeemen while sitting at the meeting with fellow committeemen which stated as follows:. SUPREME COURT OF STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ULSTER Richard T. Cahill Sr. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE against THOMAS TURCO AND KATHLEEN MIHM As Commissioners of the Ulster County Board and Jean Jacobs :

FACT: July 29, 2009 Order to Show Cause filed by Mr. Richard T. Cahill Sr. Declares invalid the designating petitions filed on behalf of respondent JEAN JACOBS purporting to designate her as a candidate of the Republican Party for election to the public office of Alderman for Ward 5 of the City of Kingston at a primary election to take place on September,15, 2009.
1. Mandating that respondents THOMAS TURCO AND KATHY MIHM as Commissioners of the Ulster County Board of Elections, produce upon the hearing of this Order to Show Cause the aforesaid petition purporting to designate Respondent Jean Jacobs as a candidate of the Republican Party for election to the public office of Alderman for the 5 and the aforesaid petition purporting to designate Jean Jacobs as a candidate of the Republican Party at a primary election to take place, on September 15, 2009.

FACT: August 4, 2009: Jean Jacobs appeared in Supreme Court before the Honorable Judge.

FACT: August 4, 2009: Verified Answer: presented in Supreme Court by the Ulster County Attorney representing the Board of Elections. Verified Answer as Ulster County Attorney: Section 16-102 (2) of the Election Law requires that a Supreme Court “proceeding with respect to a petition shall be instituted within fourteen days after the last day to file a petition, or within three business days after the officer or board with whom or which such petition was filed makes a determination of invalidity with respect to such petition, whichever is later….” The last day to file Designating petitions was July 16, 2009. The Ulster County Board of Elections made its determination invalidating the Designating Petition of respondent Jean Jacobs for Ulster County Legislator on July 28, 2009. Thus, the last day to institute a PROCEEDING in Supreme Court regarding that determination was July 31st, 2009. That time has passed and respondent Jean Jacobs has failed to commence any proceedings whatsoever appealing that determination.

FACT: August 4, 2009: # (8) On the Verified Answer: Prepared by Ulster County Attorney : As the foregoing shows, Respondent, Jean Jacobs, is only running for one public office, that of Alderman of the City of Kingston, Ward 5. Thus the Petition herein is moot.

FACT: August 4, 2009: On the Verified Answer Prepared by the Ulster County Attorney Respondents Mr. Thomas Turco Board of Elections Commissioner and Ms. Kathy Mihm Board of Elections Commissioner request that the Petition be dismissed.

FACT: August 6, 2009: Appeared in Supreme Court with my attorney Mr. Jonathan Sennett for a hearing trial.

FACT: August 7, 2009: Received acknowledgement from my Attorney Mr. Sennett the ruling as it related to this case at 4:45pm. I have not had the opportunity to review the ruling which is pending our review and I really can’t speak to this issue at this time.

These are the facts. I did not attack anyone in my presentation and therefore the judicial system is in control of the outcome. I respect them in their decision making. This does not mean I agree but respect is earned for the professionals defending the public.


I dedicate this BLOG comment to my Mother
Jean Emily Corcoran Wells
Once upon a time long, long ago in the City of Kingston there was an uptown girl that decided to Make A Difference in her community in 1970. She was young and naive but had a passion to serve the people and was willing to become involved and educate herself. Her parents had always inspired her when she was growing up and gave her the skills and the wisdom to succeed. Today over 39 years later she continues her Mission to serve the people. During the years that followed she married, had four wonderful and successful children Robin, Daniel, Jared and Jessica, and she devoted 30 years of her professional career as an Administrator in the Health Care Industry.
While growing up she was introduced into the world of competition, realizing you have to stand up for what you believe and be willing to sacrifice your time in order to make a difference. Early on she realized that at times she became the victim of circumstances out of her control which included personal attacks, name calling, and malicious and defamatory statements that affected her credibility and leadership. She thought long ago to the back yard sand box fights, when her Mom would say to her tell them that, "sticks and stones will hurt my bones but names will never hurt you" if you tell the truth and stand up for your beliefs.
Well she is all grown up today and in her heart she has taken the words of Wisdom from her mother and she is satisfied of her accomplishments and the friends, educators, business professionals, parents, physicians, and politicians she has had the privilege of working with along the way. This is her testimony to success the fact that you feel accomplishment when you have the ability to LEAD BY EXAMPLE.
Yes their are roadblocks and there are no promises that everything will have a happy ending. Currently she is under attack by many in the City Republican Committee for committing deception and fraud with the residents in her home town that she adores and loves so dearly and has devoted her entire life to in Making A Difference. Is this not hilarious to even think such a tale of horror. Everyday she teaches the benefits of setting a good example to the lowest level of people that take enjoyment in breaking down her self worth. Despite all of this, she rises above that level of behavior and will live happily ever after knowing in her heart she could never stoop to the level of the Rich Cahills of the world. Shame on them.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am so disturbed at what I have read tonight that I had to offer my comments to all political parties and citizens of my community. The comments posted on Mr. Richard Cahills blog is a disgrace regarding Alderman Mr. Thomas Hoffay. Mr. Hoffay I apologize to you from my heart for being put in this position of attack by someone that has never ever grown up to face the reality that this is not the way you win elections or popularity. I have found that 99.9 per cent of the politicians in this world are good people. They are dedicated, caring, honest, compassionate and want to solve problems and improve the lives of their constituents and their communities. How can Mr. Cahill consider himself a REPUBLICAN LEADER when he has the audacity to post such comments about another individual? I can assure all Republicans, Democrats, Independence, Conservative, Working Families and NOP'S that I do not and will not support personal attacks. Mr. Hoffay I look forward to working with you, so together we can continue to Preserve the Future and the Heritage of our fine city.

Jean Jacobs
Former Republican Chairman
City of Kingston

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Hello Voters and Citizens of Ulster County and the City of Kingston. I can't quite believe what I have been reading on some of the blogs. WOW!!! What Negative Power? Negative Power takes away our ability as Candidates to create a platform for the people. Republicans threatening Republicans when in fact, Positive Power should be a constant on the Campaign Trail in 2009. I am mortified that petitions were tampered with as stated on Richard Cahills Blog. Here we have Republicans admitting distrust within the political system when we the Republican Candidates are trying to serve the people and offer them our Leadership and Trust as candidates in the November 2009 Election.
As former Chairman of the Republican Committee in the City of Kingston, I can assure you that the Petition process was monitored daily by the staff at Republican Headquarters under my Leadership. Everyone requires guidance and direction and a careful review of all documents making sure all of the i's and t's are crossed before the deadline. I am sad to read that we have allowed ourselves to publicly accuse the system with accusations of distrust.
I would be interested to hear from the viewing audience your experiences on the Campaign Trail and the issues residents are concerned with and what changes are they recommending in the governmental system for the future of our County and the City of Kingston.
Good Luck on the CAMAIGN TRAIL 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I have been busy doing my homework and I am asking my blogging audience your perception as it relates to PUBLIC TRUST in an election year? We can be of any party affiliation but when it comes down to the victory of an election the PEOPLE have the POWER to make the decision who will be elected to office, when they pull that lever in November. How does the voting public accept the decisions of the governing body serving their party affiliation? Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Conservative, NOP, or Working Family Party member, the public looks up to their LEADERS who are making decisions that will affect them as a citizen. It is up to us, the party affiliation members to gain the Public Trust by the decisions we make that can affect our form of government for years to come. We have a responsibility to earn the Public Trust. Depending on who is wielding the power of self interest groups in an election year let us not lose sight of the PUBLIC TRUST and the responsibility we have to the people as elected officials. The public vote decides the fate of our Nation, State, County and City.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hello Kingston

Well I have been away for awhile that is Twittering and Face Booking but always keeping my eye on the prize that is. We have many wonderful events coming up in our community to say the least. I attended a fundraiser last evening a Fred's Place for Senator John Bonacic. I must say the evening was an affair to remember and many dignitaries were out on the town to celebrate this occasion. Then I dashed over to the Kingston City School District Candidates Night at the Miller Middle School. Many of the questions asked by the audience were well directed and answered by the four candidates running for positions on the Kingston City School Board. I urge everyone to exercise their right to vote and come out next Tuesday May 19, 2009 and vote. Also as a Republican Committee Member in the City of Kingston and the former Republican Chairman I urge everyone to recognize the importance of this election year 2009. The summer will be filled with candidate fundraisers and this is your chance to become apart of the solution and become involved in your community. I have also been attending the Ulster County Legislature Meetings and I must say that I have been educated and impressed.
So much to do and not enough time. See you out and about over the next several months making a difference in your community.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


With only incumbents currently running,
"THE TEAM THAT CARES" leader Jean Jacobs calls for action!!!!
I don't think anyone should run unopposed. I'll be disheartened if no one comes to the forefront.
With only 4 days remaining for potential Kingston School District Board of Education candidates to file petitions I ask you to consider taking the challenge.
Read the article in the Kingston Times this weeks April 23, 2009 page 3.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I am reaching out to my Republican/Conservative Constituents and all the Citizens in the City of Kingston and County of Ulster to better understand what is your platform during the next governmental election in the City of Kingston and Ulster County in 2009? Where is "THE FIRE IN YOUR BELLY" attitude to take this election by storm. We need to hear from you. Are you considering the possibility of running for Alderman or Legislator? Do you feel you have the time, energy and motivation to win? Are you ready for the challenge? Do you have the leadership skills and funding to make this happen?

One of my goals, when I served as the Republican Chairman in the City of Kingston, was to develop a unified effort in making the people realize they had the power to make change. We can create this machine of opportunity and the time is now.

Where are our LEADERS? Where is the noise and your willingness to serve?

The POWER OF THE PEOPLE is a powerful machine and "We the People" have the ability to make change.

Make some noise. Your comments please!!!!!!

Concerned Citizen
Committed to Excellence
Jean Jacobs

Monday, April 13, 2009


Well I return to many county and city issues that I have been reading in the local papers and surfing on the local blogs. Despite many differences, I feel we continue to blossom in the great City of Kingston. Do we need reform and a change in direction, ABSOLUTELY. Can we get there by working together to attain our goals as citizens and politicians. ABSOLUTELY. Will we get there if we learn to focus our energy on the issues and LEAD BY EXAMPLE ABSOLUTELY. This will be an exciting year and I can feel the energy, motivation and a willingness of the people to step up to the plate and make a difference is alive and well. GO KINGSTON!!!

Several weeks ago I posted on my blog the need for citizens to make a commitment and consider running for the Kingston City School Board. The time is now for concerned citizens to step up or step aside. The clock is ticking and time is running out. Please set aside some time and consider taking the challenge and run for the Kingston City School Board. You can make a difference. Please contact 'THE TEAM THAT CARES ' if you are interested in becoming a candidate for the Kingston City School Board. 338-1366 or 331-7497.

This weekend Saturday April 18, 2009 will mark the 13th, Annual Kids Classic in the City of Kingston. BRAVO to Mr. Dan Bigelow who was the original founder of the Kids Classic in 1996. Mr. Bigelow was the Principal of the J.W. Bailey Middle School at that time and I had the privilege of working with him that year serving as a parent volunteer for the PTA. His dream is a living testimony to him today and all of the children that he influenced as a LEADER and EDUCATOR for over thirty years in the Kingston City School District. Good Luck to all of the KIDS this Saturday that will be participating. I will be there to cheer you on!!!!!!!!! KUDOS now to the YMCA KIDS CLASSIC.

The KICK OFF on Sunday April 26, 2009 will mark the celebration of the 28th Kingston Classic 10K Race in the City of Kingston. This is a wonderful day to bring people together and prove to yourself you can do this. I have run this race for many years with friends and family. I look forward to seeing you there!!!!!

Happy Spring!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

From the Desk of Jean Jacobs

Dear Citizens of Kingston:

I feel I have a professional obligation and a responsibility to inform my public regarding my service to you as the Republican City Chairman in the City of Kingston from February 2006 until January 2009. I announced on my blog several weeks ago that I would keep the public updated and I have honored that commitment in my announcement today. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you and I look forward working with all of you in the future.

In response to the Kingston Times article on March 19, 2009 "He's the boss" I offer this statement. The article states, that current Chairman brushed aside complaints made by former committee boss Jean Jacobs that her ouster violated party by-laws. My ouster absolutely did violate the party by-laws and if you are a true leader who combines high ethics with a genuine concern for others, personal competence, and fairness in the exercise of power, you will inspire trust and realize that actions like this can only hurt society. As leaders, we know that personal ethics are the foundation of our relationship to the rest of society. We all need hero's and people with high ideals to inspire us.

I can assure you that I will continue to pursue my quest in determining my rights in this issue. Ladies and Gentlemen it is not about 'Who's The Boss' it is about working for the citizens of the City of Kingston. Each of us has a personal responsibility for ethical behavior and a sincere respect for each other. Lack of respect for each other creates a divide that will create a negative power within any establishment.

During my term as the Republican City Committee Chairman I made many wonderful acquaintances and worked with so many wonderful people, many Republican Leaders, Committeemen and above all the citizens of the City of Kingston. I knocked on many a door and I was always welcomed with such a warm sense of hospitality. We serve in these positions to make the world a better place and we inspire our children to realize the importance of giving back to their community when they grow up and become parents.

Please be advised that the Ulster County Lawyer for the Republican Party, someone I never met took control of my position and based a decision of my removal on an opinion. I can assure each and everyone of you that their are rules and regulations that govern and protect the position of a Party Chairman. I will keep my public informed with the truth as it relates to this issue but more importantly I ask each and everyone of you to become involved in your community. For over thirty five years I have served my community in many areas of public service. It is time for new leadership, and a new direction by restoring hope to the people. I have a wealth of knowledge over my years of public service which will serve as an asset in determining the future of our fine city.

Preserve our Heritage by Working Together to Improve our Community.

Thank you for listening.
Jean C. Jacobs

Monday, March 16, 2009


The day was next to perfect and the Annual Shamrock Run and Parade was a celebration to remember. I must extend KUDOS to Mr. Robert Ryan and TEAM for organizing a race that went off without a problem. This takes stellar leadership and dedication to our community. For many years I have always run the race with my four children Robin, Daniel, Jared and Jessica but today I ran solo. I was number 3147 when I registered today at 11:30 AM. I was so impressed with our youth and their energy at the race today. Many of the area schools had teams that ran in the race. Edson Elementary School and Miller Middle School won trophies. The gentleman that won the trip to Ireland had number 3145 and my number was just two numbers higher. Oh well there is always next year and the thrill of the day will remain with me for many weeks to come. See you all at the Annual Classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009



PRESENT BUDGET $137,000.000 MILLION 2008-2009


  • The First Public Vote for the Kingston City School District Budget Vote was on May 20, 2008:
  • Results: 2351 YES 2671 NO. THE 2008-2009 KCSD BUDGET WENT DOWN BY 320 VOTES.
  • The Second Public Vote for the Kingston City School District Budget Vote was June 17, 2008:
  • Results: 2,802 YES and 2557 NO. The 2008-2009 KCSD BUDGET PASSED BY 215 VOTES.
  • We have a very serious financial breakdown and "THE TEAM THAT CARES" will demand a 0 TAX Increase AND SO SHOULD EVERY CITIZEN AND TAXPAYER. We recognize the fact that expenses increase but we are facing such economic failure and our Leaders should be making every effort to conserve. The three current BOE incumbents are running again this year. I am currently asking interested candidates to step up to the plate and consider running for the Kingston City School District Board of Education. Last year one candidate was elected from the "THE TEAM THAT CARES" Ms. Pam Boyle WITH 1743 VOTES. All three candidates for "THE TEAM THAT CARES" can run on one petition and 100 registered voter signatures are required. PETITION’S ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT CROWN STREET AT THIS TIME.
  • So often people think that we are advocates against education. This is absolutely not the case. No one has supported education more than I have for over 35 years. The cost of education has escalated to the level of SPENDING MORE does not always mean a better education.
  • Sincerely,
    Jean Jacobs,
    Former School Board President
  • 845-338-1366
  • E-mail sweetshope@aol.com

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Public Reminder:
Kingston Public Access Channel 23 will host their Fundraiser this evening. Tickets remain available for the public. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact me at 845-338-1366 or my blog http://jeanjacobslive. Please show your support for Kingston Public Access Channel 23 and join us in the festivities this evening.
Location: Keegan Ales 20 St. James Street, Kingston, NY
Date: Saturday February 21, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $40.00
We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


So often today we the people get sidetracked in our daily lives by the phrase "Let's Make a Deal". Many individuals are looking out for themselves in how they can get better their professional and political career with little effort in the detail. So often we take the approach of becoming a CHIEF before we have ever had the opportunity of serving as an INDIAN and becoming educated in the position.. This is called, "Climbing the Corporate Ladder without taking responsibility at the entry level of professionalism". How many in my viewing audience can associate their experiences as they relate to this subject? Politics plays a considerable role in this analogy. Why? As leaders we live under a microscope. Nothing that we say escapes the scrutiny and the examination of our followers.
As professionals and leaders we must ask ourselves repeatedly,
"What message am I sending"? "What environment am I creating"?
"What example am I setting"?
"Let' Make A Deal" is apart of our business and political agendas on a daily basis.
Do you make deals to climb the Political and Corporate Ladder???

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Dear Viewers:
The KAPA will host a Fundraiser on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Keegan Ales. We need your support in returning Kingston Public Access Channel 23 to our viewing audience.
If you are interested in purchasing a Ticket please contact me at
845-338-1366, My Blog http://jeanjacobslive.blogspot.com, or my e-mail sweetshope@aol.com.
Thank You
I look forward to seeing you there!!!!!
"Jacobs Live People for People"
Kingston Public Access
Channel 23
TICKETS $40.00
When: Saturday February 21, 2009
Where: Keegan Ales
Telephone: 845-331-2739
Address: 20 St. James Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Downtown Café will provide hors d'oeuv The res and Sonando will provide music.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen
Let me make something very clear for the record. As a citizen is this community all of my life under no circumstance am I stating that the Carnegie Library should not be restored. I am going to comment on the financial affordability factors and let you be the JUDGE!
Tomorrow February 3rd, 2009 Voters decide on School Districts Carnegie Library renovation. I would like to discuss a few topics of interest. Please explain to me what is a Win-Win when we are spending $3.58 million dollars. These are tax payers dollars and effort should be made to take a Total Quality Management approach in spending especially when our nation is facing such a financial break down. Ladies and Gentlemen there is no such thing as Win-Win when you are spending Taxpayers hard earned dollars.
DECEMBER 2003 $4,588.000
Previously the taxpayers on December 9Th, 2003 went to the polls to support the Health and Safety Capital Project with a reassurance it will have NO TAX IMPACT in the amount of $4,588.00. Project cost to bond was $4,588.00 15 year bond at 4.5% int rest was $1,978.133. total cost with interest $6,566.133. I suggest that the tax payers ask important questions: Did we receive the State Aid calculated in the amount of $4,404.000 and did we have an operational cost savings of $125,000 in telephone bills with the new system that was installed as a result of voter approval for the bond. The taxpayers were guaranteed that there was NO COST to the taxpayers for this project. On December 9Th, 2003 the voters in the Kingston City School District approved this spending plan.
The proposed Capital Project is a comprehensive building plan to improve the educational resources, address overcrowded and unsafe conditions and rectify longstanding building infrastructure challenges. The centerpiece of the project was building a new High School. Initial cost $290 Million and then revised BASED ON A RECOMMENDATION BY THE SUPERINTENDENT to a cost f $181 Million and the Board of Education accepted this revised cost to build the new High School. Of course this Capital Project never went before the voters because quite frankly we could not afford this proposition. The Board of Education did approve to spend a significant amount in the non-refundable binder amount of $75.000 on the Chambers Farm Site.
Why are these issues of grave importance. The most important component is that our children enter their school each day in a safe and educational environment. We must recognize the importance of maintaining our current school buildings which was estimated by the Buildings Conditions Survey back in 2001 to cost in excess of ONE MILLION dollars to bring our current buildings up to the Building Condition Survey compliance standards.
The Carnegie has been neglected for over thirty years and for this I am saddened. It is a magnificent building with an exceptional amount of history and beauty. Reality is apart of this process and the BOTTOM LINE is can we afford this expense. The voters will decide this tomorrow February3, 2009.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


I received this concerning e-mail today, which prompted me to reach out to the public at large today and ask you, where is the outrage and citizen energy to take back our Freedom of Speech. We are about 6 weeks away from Spring and we must Rally and take the challenge to give the public back their voice on Kingston Public Access Channel 23. I urge everyone today to take the "Pledge" to Celebrate OUR effort by returning Channel 23 to the people. During the next month we will keep you updated regarding fundraisers and meetings. Please send your responses to my BLOG so we can work together to accomplish our MISSION.
E-Mail--Where is Public Access TV? Kingston Public Access TV, IS NOW under lock and key. YOUR VOICE! Under lock and key, YOUR VOICE!! Kept in a storage unit. It's safe! And I can't believe........ NOBODY WANTS TO RALLY FOR YOUR VOICE!!! To get Kingston Public Access TV back on the air.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Lets Take a Test:

1. A Leader Has a Mission That Matters.
2. A Leader is A Big Thinker
3. A Leader Has High Ethics
4. A Leader is a Change Master
5. A Leader is Sensitive (Inspiring Loyalty).
6. A Leader is a Risk Taker
7. A Leader is a Decision Maker
8. A Leader Uses Power Wisely
9. A Leader Communicates Effectively
10. A Leader is a Team Builder
11. A Leader is Courageous
12. A Leader is Committed
What is your TRUE Score
Ask yourself this question on a scale of 1-10?
"I am interested in Honest Responses" SCORE_________________


Anonymous said...
Jean..Have posted this here to let your followers know that if justice is served, you remain the City Chair inspite of what is commented elsewhere. Oh, happy day!!..The City Republican Committee once again under the leadership of Anthony Sinagra who was a candidate for alderman seat in 2005 and tried to sneak Conservative petitions through with the help of Richard T. Cahill, Jr who actually did not personally witness signatures. And Bruce McLean who in 2003 criticizes a local non-profit of not paying their taxes, when what do you know? Mr. McLean doesn’t pay his taxes on time either. Talk about calling the kettle black. Oh, his excuse was he forgot. Whoops!! All big NO-NOS. These are the very people who think they are leaders who will take credit for moving the City forward? Respectable, dignified and ingenuous? You must be kidding. We are doomed. I am horrified that they would allow such a thing to happen to such a compassionate and sincere person. This does not set the tone for the future of the community.
January 30, 2009 11:27 PM

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


A Special Thank You to Nancy and Bob Smith who hosted a party to Celebrate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Muddy Cup last evening. Many area politicians, political activists, students and community members were invited and filled the room with a sense of pride and hope for the future. The message from all in attendance was they were "Proud To Be an American". The energy in the room was electrifying and especially when the students (tomorrows future spoke) how this day in history will change their lives forever. When Nancy asked me to speak I felt the need to tell the audience how impressed I was with their enthusiasm and willingness to become involved in their community. The evening continued with excerpts from the Presidents Speech, karaoke, dancing and singing to the tune of "Together We can Make a Difference". At the end of the evening Channel 6 news came and interviewed many in attendance. Definitely a night to Remember!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nancy and Bob Smith are champions in an effort to involve the people, which is a true testimony in their ability to build a stronger community.

Saturday, January 17, 2009



To all of my valued viewers, I respectfully report to you today, that I remain the Chairman of the Republican Party in the City of Kingston. I feel it is critically important to report the truth to the public. Respect for your governmental officials is built on loyalty and trust in their leadership. As your Republican Chairman in the City of Kingston, I offer you these qualities and will continue to serve you throughout the 2009 election year. I thank you for your confidence and support in my leadership. If you have any questions, suggestions, or recommendations of how together we can move our city forward, please feel free to send me your comments.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Jean C. Jacobs

Republican Chairman

City of Kingston

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Well today was quite the challenge as the snow shoveling was a back breaker. I looked around my neighborhood while I was shoveling and I was empowered and energized by the pride that my neighbors had in their property and their willingness to help others. It was like the "good old days" when neighbors came together to offer a hand and care. The Mayor even stopped on on his way up my street today to see if I needed to have my driveway plowed. This is why I have such a passion about my city and the people that live here. We all must get along and be willing to work together to build a stronger more vibrant community. My mother use to say to me, " to exercise your power Jean you must use greatness." I always remembered this encouragement from my mother and continue to use this philosophy today. My Blog comment today is a lesson for all of us to consider and be ready to help and support our neighbors when they need us. So often the fast pace of life today, does not always allow us the time to give back or take that extra 15 minutes to offer our time to help someone. Think about this the next time you see someone that needs your help.

I am also extending my sincere condolences to Mayor Sottile and his family, in the loss of Mayor Sottiles father Arthur Sottile. My father was a good friend of Arthur Sottile and to this day reminisces of years ago when they went to school together and growing up in the City of Kingston. So often my father tells me, " they were the "good old days." My father James Wells is 88 and has many fond memories as a child growing up in Kingston with his 9 brothers and sisters on Hone Street and he attended Saint Mary's School. My father was also a World War II Veteran and served four years overseas during World War II.

If you have a story of the "good old days" in the City of Kingston, please share this on my Blog with my viewers. Everyone enjoys a good story.


Thursday, January 8, 2009



#1 New Years Resolution

"I Welcome you to Get Involved in Your Community"

I want to express my gratitude for the support I have received from my constituents in the City of Kingston in 2008. I have worked hard to represent your interest and always have had an open door policy to listen to your concerns, offer my suggestions and inform and educate you with the facts. I look forward to your continued support in the upcoming year and the 2009 County and City election. The #1 New Year Resolution that everyone should consider, is becoming involved in your community. Believe me the rewards far exceed the sacrifices. Despite your political affiliation I welcome you to step up to the plate and offer your time, effort and energy in making a difference in your community. Where do I begin? This is the number one question everyone asks. You can E-mail me or call your local Alderman, the school where your child attends, and many support groups located in the local area newspapers. There are many issues facing our fine city and I ask you to join me in working together to reduce crime, maintain safety within our schools, build economic development, and hold our city governmental officials and school officials accountable when spending our tax dollars.

The next year will bring changes and new challenges to our community and together we can make a real difference by working to "Preserve our Heritage by Working Together to Improve our Community". I ask all of my viewers to step up to the plate and make this New Years Resolution for 2009 a year to remember and the fact that you were apart of making a difference in your community.

"Join me in Building a better Future for Ulster County, City of Kingston, New York State and our Nation."

Question: What's your vision for your Community 10 years from now? I look forward to your responses.


Jean Jacobs