Assemblyman Brian Kolb

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Republican Assemblyman Brian Kolb said Thursday that he won't seek re-election this year.

Kolb represents the 131st Assembly District, which covers all of Ontario County and the northern part of Seneca County.

He was first elected to the Assembly 20 years ago.

"Obviously, 20 years is a long time to be a public servant, and I felt that I’ve given it my all for the last two decades," said Kolb.

Kolb led the minority party Republicans for nine years and was well-regarded at the Capitol.

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The minority party Republicans in the state Assembly have a new leader.

Will Barclay from the Syracuse area replaces Brian Kolb, who resigned after being charged with drunken driving on New Year’s Eve.

GOP members, who hold less than one-third of the total seats in the Assembly, spent less than an hour in a closed-door meeting to elect Barclay as their new leader.

Kolb steps down as Assembly minority leader

Jan 3, 2020
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Assemblyman Brian Kolb has stepped down as minority leader after he was charged on New Year's Eve with drunken driving.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Kolb said he would resign the post to "put the needs and best interests of our conference ahead of my own."

A spokesperson said Kolb would remain an Assembly member.