The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association today named Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) as their “2010 Legislator of the Year,” due to his sponsorship of the State Legislature’s first ever Sportsmen’s Lobby Day and his commitment to preserving the Second Amendment, supporting issues important to sportsmen and strengthening the ability of all state residents to enjoy New York’s great outdoors.
“It’s truly an honor to have been named 2010 Legislator of the Year by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association,” said Kolb. “I am proud to be a strong advocate for the Second Amendment and sportsmen’s rights and firmly believe that all New Yorkers should be able to participate in the honorable tradition of hunting that is proudly passed down from generation to generation. I was thrilled by the success of our first annual sporting day and look forward to hosting this event every year. I want to personally thank New York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King, along with all the association’s members for this recognition,” Kolb stated.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is the state’s largest, and nation’s oldest, firearms advocacy organization. Since 1871, the organization has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports. Its membership consists of individuals and clubs throughout the state.
Earlier this year, Kolb held the first-ever “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day” in Albany, a public event that was widely attended and provided sportsmen and women an opportunity to network with other outdoor enthusiasts from across the state and meet with legislators to discuss the important role of “Heritage Sports” and other activities.
The event showcased the positive role of outdoor activities in the lives of New Yorkers, as well as the state’s economy, and provided hunters, sportsmen and outdoor recreation enthusiasts the chance to weigh in on the critical legislative issues affecting them. Approximately 2,500 individuals from all over New York attended the event, which featured comments by New York State Rifle & Pistol Association President Tom King, among others.
Kolb also created the Assembly Minority Agriculture, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Task Force, a 16-Member entity charged with gathering information from local farmers, hunting and fishing organizations, agri-business owners and tourism officials on ways to improve New York’s outdoor recreation industry. The Task Force regularly travels throughout the state, developing strategies to promote outdoor recreation and raise awareness of the positive impact tourism has on the state’s economy.