Comments made Thursday by state Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs have stirred an increasingly tension-filled debate at the state Capitol over whether to extend access to driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants living in New York.

Jacobs told several outlets on Thursday — including Spectrum News, Gothamist and Newsday — that he had spoken to Democratic state senators about his concerns with the bill and the potential political toll the measure would take in next year’s elections.

In an interview with Spectrum News, Jacobs said the package of progressive measures has in part been done too quickly in the Legislature without a public education campaign.

Mike Murphy, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats, emphasized efforts to work together in the party.

“This year the Democratic Majority took historic action by delivering on what we promised and the voters demanded,” he said. “We finally passed a permanent property tax cap, provided record school funding, stood up for women’s rights, passed strong gun laws, enacted voting reforms and protected the environment with even more to come. Every Democratic Leader, including the Party Chair, should celebrate these accomplishments rather than sowing divisions within the party.”

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, pointed to the episode as another reason to stoke opposition to the bill.

“Reports that Senate Democrats from Long Island are being instructed by Jay Jacobs to vote ‘no’ on legislation providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants should scare every hardworking Long Island resident who opposes this bill. This is nothing more than a cynical political ploy,” Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan said.

“Hiding behind the New York City dominated Democratic Majority and simply voting ‘no’ is not enough. Either you stop the so-called ‘Green Light’ bill from coming to the floor or you signal to every one of your constituents that you support giving driver’s licenses to people who are here illegally. It’s really that simple.”