Press Releases

Majority Use Pandemic as Cover for Partisan Agenda

“When we resume session tomorrow in Albany, we have an opportunity to put politics aside and focus on rebuilding our economy, supporting our small businesses and getting more families back to work as quickly and safely as possible. Our Assembly Minority...

Memorial Day Presents an Opportunity for Reflection, Gratitude

Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summertime, outdoor recreation. Families flock to beaches, campgrounds and host backyard barbeques for their neighbors. Citizens line downtown streets at celebrations, and churches are packed during remembrance...

It's Time for The Legislature to Get Back to Work

In their first major public action since we passed the budget in early April, Majority politicians in the Senate and Assembly convened a virtual hearing this week for small business owners, advocacy groups and lawmakers to discuss the federal government’s...

Kolb Rips Governor's Parole Board for Approving Release of Brutal Murderer Who Raped Victim

“This administration never misses an opportunity to flaunt its pro-criminal mentality. After springing cop-killers and terrorists from prison in recent years, the parole board approved the release of Bruce Haims, a monster who raped and killed Pamela...

Governor's Misguided Education Comments Send the Wrong Message

During a recent press conference, the governor announced that he’s enlisting the help of Bill and Melinda Gates in an effort to “reimagine” the state’s education system. The governor seems to be considering some radical proposals....

Governor's Education Rhetoric Is Wrong for Our Kids

“One of the reasons why many of us have been able to remain hopeful during an unprecedented crisis is that we understand these emergency restrictions to be temporary. To hear the governor question the long-term wisdom and viability of having children...

New York State's Economy Was Vulnerable before Covid-19

State Majoritry blaming Washington for our economic troubles is nothing new. (President Trump cut taxes for about 80% of all New Yorkers, and the governor called it an “economic missile.”) It’s still troubling. While I agree with my colleagues...

Kolb Says Majority Must Take Some Responsibility for State's Financial Crisis

“To hear Assembly Majority tell it, our state’s financial crisis began when this public health crisis intensified and will be solved once the federal government bails us out. I’m not questioning the fact that New York state needs and deserves...

It’s Time to Start Getting Back to Work

Over the years, our Assembly Minority Conference has consistently warned against one-size-fits-all solutions for New York state, one of the most regionally diverse in the union. What works for the residents in Manhattan doesn’t necessarily work for...

New York State Regional Restart

Kolb, Assembly Minority Roll out Plan to Restart the Upstate Economy

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Victor) and his Assembly Minority colleagues have released a comprehensive, regionally based plan to re-open our economy upstate.“Our plan rejects a one-size-fits-all mentality in favor of a common-sense, regional approach....

Our Farmers Need Our Help

Though the COVID-19 virus has taken a horrific toll on our state, our disciplined adoption of social distancing practices has prevented even worse outcomes. Public health experts were hopeful that a rigorous commitment to social distancing could prevent...

Kolb, Colleagues Petition Governor to Help Family Farms

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Victor) and his fellow members of the Assembly Minority Conference today sent a letter to the governor and legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly urging immediate adoption of their comprehensive plan to provide much-needed...

Kolb Pushes for Ag Relief in Letter to President Trump, Senator Schumer and Top Administration Officials - Letter

Kolb Pushes for Ag Relief in Letter to President Trump, Senator Schumer and Top Administration Officials

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Victor) and his Assembly Minority colleagues are fighting for new funding to mitigate the devastating impact of the ongoing public health crisis on New York state’s agricultural sector.“Our local farms need help...

Healthcare Workers are Heroes

These are difficult times. An unprecedented public health crisis has brought anxiety and uncertainty into of our lives. We worry for loved ones and friends. We take extraordinary precautions to purchase ordinary essentials, like our prescription drugs...

Kolb Denounces Governor’s Plan to Seize Ventilators from Upstate Hospitals

“The governor’s plan to deploy the National Guard to seize ventilators from our communities so they can be redistributed elsewhere would compromise our regional health system’s capacity to effectively manage a surge in COVID-19 cases. It’s...

2020-2021 State Budget Fails New Yorkers

“We have the power, but do they have the will? It’s time for the Legislature to regain its mojo.” I said those words about three years ago. I was trying to inspire some urgency in my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do what our...

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua)

“Christmas is a special time of year when we reflect on our blessings, spend time with family and friends and help those who may be in need. Every holiday season I am amazed by the incredible generosity of the people within our community. It is my...

Drive Safely This Holiday Season

As we prepare to revel in the upcoming holiday celebrations, it is especially important to remember to do so safely. Many of our holiday traditions, especially our New Year’s Eve celebrations, involve indulging in spirits. Done safely, and in moderation,...