Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) was unanimously re-elected as Leader of the Assembly’s Republican Conference.
He released the following statement, extending his gratitude to those who elected him, as well as the constituents who chose him for another term.
“It is a profound honor to have the trust and support of my colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference, and I’m excited to work alongside them as Minority Leader. The members of this legislative body are among the hardest-working, most talented and thoughtful representatives anywhere. They are a credit to their communities and to state government.
With a changing dynamic in the Legislature, our voice and our role has never been more critical. I am enormously proud of the work the Assembly Minority Conference has done to: increase accountability and transparency in government; make the cost of living more affordable for everyday New Yorkers; address serious human issues like domestic violence and the opioid epidemic; relieve the financial and regulatory burden of small businesses; and devise solutions to the looming infrastructure and transportation crises that affects every region of the state.
As the 2019 Legislative Session approaches, I know the distinguished members of our conference will continue to build on our collective goals and expand on our efforts to move New York in the right direction.”
Leader Kolb was first elected to the Assembly in 2000 and has served as Minority Leader since 2009, making him the longest-tenured legislative leader in Albany. He is the only legislative leader representing Upstate New York.
This fall, Assembly Republicans grew their conference despite sweeping victories by Democrats in state and federal elections. Nine new members will join the Assembly Minority Conference in January.