Jackie was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Queens, NY. She served over 29 years with the Armed Forces and retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Following her time with the Armed Forces, Jackie worked in New York Public Schools for 32 years as a teacher and guidance counselor and is a member of the New York State United Teachers union. From 2007 to 2020, she served on the Babylon Town Council, where she worked to direct resources to veterans and military families as Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council, pushed for the revitalization of Wyandanch Village, which has breathed new life into the community, and helped raise nearly $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project through the annual Soldier Ride in Babylon.
On healthcare . . .
Jackie believes in fighting for more affordable healthcare. Jackie will strive to lower prescription drug costs, ensure protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and will protect funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s access to health care. She will also fight to address the opioid epidemic and prevent opioid abuse while ensuring Congress and federal law enforcement agencies hold the drug manufacturers that fueled this crisis accountable.
On the environment . . .
On her website, Jackie writes, "As a combat veteran, I understand that climate change poses a real and present threat to our security at home and abroad. We need leaders who will stand up to corporate polluters and put Long Island’s health and safety above special interests. As your representative, I will fight to preserve our clean water, combat carbon pollution, and stop the dangerous rollback of environmental protections in Washington. I will also advocate for renewable energy projects that will meet our growing energy needs and lower greenhouse gas emissions, while creating quality jobs on Long Island."
Plans for Economy
"As a Babylon Town Councilwoman, I have always put the people I represent first. We have been able to strengthen our local economy, improve infrastructure, and breathe new life into our neighborhoods by partnering with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the community. As your Congresswoman, I will work to grow economic opportunity, push for tax relief for the middle class, and make sure the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share."
"I’ve spent over three decades as an educator in New York public schools, teaching and mentoring thousands of our young people. As an educator and as a mom, I believe all of our children deserve access to a high-quality education that prepares them for their future, whether it’s a four-year college or a career and technical school. I will work to make sure our schools and our teachers have the resources they need. That means reducing class sizes, fully funding special education programs, reining in college tuition costs and student debt, and expanding Pell Grants."