In recognition of his continued efforts to support conservation and champion the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen in New York State, Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) received the "2011 Conservationist Award" from the 3,000 member strong Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc. Leader Kolb received the award during the Club's annual banquet that was recently held in Waterloo.
"Preserving and protecting New York's great outdoors and the right of all citizens to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature are top priorities for me, which is why I was deeply honored to receive the 2011 Conservationist Award from the Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs," said Leader Kolb. Leader Kolb is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Shooters' Committee On Political Education (S.C.O.P.E.), and Safari Club International.
"As much as I appreciated receiving this award, I also value the continued friendship and support from Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen's Club members," Leader Kolb stated.
For the past two years, Leader Kolb and the Assembly Minority Conference have sponsored "Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day," a non-partisan event that has attracted thousands of sportsmen to Albany and highlighted the positive economic contributions that hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation activities have on New York's economy. The event features nationally recognized speakers, vendors and pro-actively promotes the importance of ensuring access to New York's great outdoors.
Other sportsmen organizations such as the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), along with the statewide and Yates County chapters of S.C.O.P.E. also have repeatedly recognized Kolb for his advocacy in safeguarding the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen. Since the summer of 2010, Leader Kolb has been named "Legislator of the Year," and "Man of the Year," by NYSRPA, and "Second Amendment Politician of the Year," and "Sandra Lee Wirth Legislator of the Year" by S.C.O.P.E.