Created: February 13, 2020 02:07 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) – Following his DWI arrest on New Year's Eve, Assemblyman Brian Kolb will not seek reelection in November.
Deputies say Kolb crashed his state-owned SUV alongside County Road 41 near his home in Victor on New Year's Eve.
The former top Republican in the New York State Assembly admitted to drinking four or five cocktails at the Erie Grill in Pittsford, according to court documents. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.16% — twice the legal limit.
In a statement issued Thursday, Kolb said he would not run again for the 131st Assembly District, which covers Ontario County and portions of Seneca County.
“After a great deal of consideration and discussions with my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election for the 131st Assembly District this fall," Kolb said. "I know that there are other avenues for me to pursue, future work to be done, and I have every intention of being an active member of the community and state that I love."
Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella has been appointed the special prosecutor in the case.
Kolb pleaded not guilty to the DWI charge last month. He is due back in court in March.
Read Kolb’s full statement below.
“After a great deal of consideration and discussions with my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election for the 131st Assembly District this fall.
I know that there are other avenues for me to pursue, future work to be done, and I have every intention of being an active member of the community and state that I love.
It has been a tremendous privilege, both personally and professionally, to have served the people of the Finger Lakes Region for the past two decades. I can say beyond shadow of a doubt there is no higher honor than to have had the support of the men, women and families who call this area home.
My career in Albany and tenure as Assembly Minority Leader would not have been possible without the love, patience and sacrifices of my family members, especially my wife Lauren.
In addition, I want to thank my legislative colleagues, especially those in the Assembly Minority Conference, for everything they have given me over the years – their trust, their dedication, their collaborative spirit, and their friendship.
I want to express my gratitude to all of the staff that have worked or served on my behalf, for their hard work and commitment to help make New York State a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Twenty years ago, I came to the New York State Assembly by way of a special election and a 10-vote margin of victory. Looking back, it’s clear I was fortunate on election night, and I’ve been equally blessed every day since.”
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