Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) was recently appointed by Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady/Saratoga) to serve as the Conference’s Leader Pro Tem, also known as the Floor Leader. As Leader Pro Tem, Kolb is regarded as the second highest-ranking member in the Minority Conference and will focus his attention on debating the merits of legislation brought to the floor of the Assembly.
“We begin the 2009 legislative session in the midst of unprecedented fiscal challenges, however, we have faced challenges before and together we can overcome them again, making this a better state for all who wish to call it home,” said Kolb. “I look forward to using my leadership position to promote our Conference’s agenda and focus on issues that will improve the economy, especially in upstate New York. Our goals are simple: less government, lower taxes and more jobs. Only by enacting policies that help us reach these goals can we make this state affordable again for both businesses and families.”
In addition to his leadership role in the Assembly, Kolb will sit on the influential committees regarding Rules, Ways and Means and Insurance. Rules is the most prestigious committee comprised of legislative leaders who make the final determination regarding important bills before they are reported to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. Ways and Means reviews all budgetary matters including the state’s budget bills. Insurance reports on any legislation that pertains to the regulatory process bearing responsibility for bills concerning the foundation for future regulation of this industry.
“I want to thank Minority Leader Jim Tedisco for these prestigious appointments; I am truly honored. I look forward to a productive legislative session and will continue to be a strong voice for my fellow members, my constituents and all New Yorkers,” said Kolb.