Jay Jacobs, the state Democratic committee chairman, is not yawning at the news of his new counterpart.

Indeed, Jacobs said in a Capital Tonight interview on Wednesday he is taking incoming Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy seriously.

“A new chairman worries me,” Jacobs said. “I ought to be worried, because I want to make sure we do everything right and smart and keep the people of New York state believing they did right by making us a majority party.”

Langworthy will officially be installed as the party chairman in July after waging a leadership battle against outgoing Chairman Ed Cox. Both men appeared at the Republican headquarters in Albany to formally announce the transition..

Langworthy plans to make an effort to increase party enrollment, expand its small-dollar donations and, eventually, elect a Republican governor for the first time since 2002.

Democrats hold a 2-to-1 enrollment advantage over Republicans in New York and hold the Legislature and all statewide offices.

Jacobs, in the interview, said he was mindful of what former Republican Chairman Joe Mondello told him.

“He taught me politics is a cyclical business,” Jacobs said, adding, “I believe we can’t be arrogant in the Democratic Party. We can’t take our winds and believe we’re always going to win.”