Brian Kolb

Assemblymember Kolb pleads not guilty on DWI charge

Jan 10, 2020
Ontario County Sheriff's Department

Assemblymember Brian Kolb was in court in the town of Victor on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of DWI, following an incident New Year’s Eve when Kolb’s state-owned SUV crashed into a ditch near his home on Route 41.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Minority party Republicans in the New York State Assembly have a new leader. The change comes as new details become public about the DWI arrest of his predecessor.

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Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, who was arrested New Year’s Eve for drunken driving, has resigned his leadership post, saying he does not want his personal challenges to "distract from the goals" of the Republicans in the Assembly. Kolb has served as minority leader for 10 years and will remain a member of the Assembly.

DA assigned special prosecutor in Kolb DWI case

Jan 3, 2020
Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the drunken driving case of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.


One of New York State’s legislative leaders is facing a drunk driving charge. State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb was arrested on New Year's Eve after a property damage accident in Ontario County.

Assemblymember Brian Kolb has been unanimously re-elected as the state's Assembly Minority Leader.

A third Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for governor against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Syracuse-area Sen. John DeFrancisco said he thinks it’s time for a change.

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A senior Republican state senator has filed the paperwork to run for governor of New York. Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco of Syracuse plans to formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday.

The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.


There’s now one official candidate running for governor of New York in 2018, and that’s the Assembly’s Republican leader, Brian Kolb.

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Reaction is mixed about the corruption conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver that was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court. The decision also begs the question of how it will affect others convicted or charged with corruption.

One of the ethics reforms agreed to in the state budget has still not been passed by State Assembly Democrats, and minority party Republicans say they are worried that the bill will be delayed, or watered down.

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State Assembly Republican leader Brian Kolb has introduced legislation to eliminate a possible duplication of duties regarding the state's roadways.

Kolb is proposing that the New York State Thruway Authority be brought under the oversight of the State Department of Transportation, a merger of sorts. The benefits could potentially save taxpayers millions of dollars.

The legislation is far from approval but it is getting support from Amherst Assemblyman Ray Walter.