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Brian Kolb among top New York lawmakers skipping Gov. Cuomo’s addresses

Top state lawmakers in New York are skipping Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state addresses in an unusually public display of the tensions between legislators and the Democratic governor.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will not attend any of the six addresses by the Democratic governor next week, their spokespeople said.

Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Friday confirmed he will not be attending what he termed the governor’s “political roadshows,” in which Cuomo will be controlling the audience.

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