Kolb Steps Down as Assembly Minority Leader

Kolb was arrested for DWI on Tuesday

Tom Puckett
January 03, 2020 - 5:25 pm

Rochester, NY (WBEN) Assemblyman Brian Kolb has announced he will step down as minority leader. It comes three days following his arrest on a DWI charge.

Kolb was arrested on New Year's Eve after his car went into a ditch near his home.

He issued the following statement Friday:

"As Leader of the Assembly Minority Conference, I have always tried to put the needs and best interests of our Conference ahead of my own. That is why I have decided to step down as Minority Leader. I have a profound respect for each and every one of my colleagues, and sincerely admire their daily efforts on behalf of constituents and communities in every corner of the state. But I will not allow my own personal challenges to distract from the goals, message, and mission of the Assembly Minority Conference. with a new year and new legislative session ahead, the work of our Conference cannot be undermined or deterred in any way. I will be forever grateful for the confidence my colleagues have placed in me for the past 10 years. But in my heart, I know that this is the right time for a new leader to step in and advance an agenda that benefits all New Yorkers. The events of December 31 are ones I will always deeply regret. On a personal level, I have begun the process of seeking professional help in order to heal, learn, and fully address the challenges that I, along with my family, currently face."

On Christmas Eve, Kolb wrote a column in the upstate Daily Messenger newspaper warned against people driving while under the influence of alcohol during the holidays, and acknowledged December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

“Many of our holiday traditions, especially our New Year’s Eve celebrations, involve indulging in spirits,” he wrote. “Done safely, and in moderation, these can be wonderful holiday experiences. However, tragedy can be only one bad decision away.”

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