Baylis Library Dedicated in Honor of Judy Jacobs

Judy Jacobs

Syosset School District officials joined local government officials, teachers and family members and friends of the late Nassau County Legislator and Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs for a ceremony to dedicate the Baylis Elementary School library as the “Judy Jacobs Library Media Center.”

Nassau County Executive Lauren Curran, Nassau County Legislators Arnold Drucker and Kevan Abrahams and New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine all provided words of praise honoring Jacobs. Syosset Board of Education President Dr. Michael Cohen reflected on memorable conversations he had with her over the years. 

A video montage highlighting Jacobs’ many visits to Baylis School through the years was also presented during the ceremony. The video included testimony from Baylis teachers who spoke about their delight in welcoming Jacobs and the warmth and joy she brought when she entered their classrooms to speak with students. 

“She really interacted with the kids on such a personal level. She would teach the children all about voting and she would actually hold a pretend election with my class,” said Baylis teacher Linda Pizzarelli. “She truly was an amazing person.” 

Baylis Principal Lisa Greiner presided over the dedication and provided some remarks of her own along with members of Jacobs’ family. Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade vocalists performed a heartfelt rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the string quartet and pianists entertained guests during a special breakfast held prior to the ceremony. 

Baylis Student Council officers were given the honor of unveiling a plaque to commemorate the dedication of the library. Engraved on the plaque were some very poignant words by teacher Forest E. Witcraft about the value of teaching by example, words that Jacobs admired:

“One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Special thanks to the Baylis Compact Committee, the Baylis PTA and the Baylis Music Department for their hard work in planning this memorable dedication.

To view the video tribute to Judy Jacobs, please click here