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Republicans elect a new minority leader in Assembly

Jan 08, 2020 12:51 am
Mark Weiner reports at Syracuse.com that Will Barclay was elected leader of the New York Assembly Republicans Jan. 7. Barclay, from Central New York, is the first Assembly minority leader in at least 115 years from the region. Former Minority Leader Brian Kolb resigned from the post, but kept his Assembly seat, after being arrested on DWI charges after driving his state-issued SUV into a ditch by his home on New Year's Eve. Barclay beat Assemblyperson David DiPietro of Western New York for the minority leader position. Assistant Minority Leader Gary Finch told Syracuse.com the vote was unanimous, but Republican Assemblyperson Kieran Michael Lalor, from Dutchess County, Tweeted, "Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss," when posting a link to a story about Barclay's election. Barclay released his own statement after getting the post: "The 2020 Legislative Session will be challenging, but we are firmly committed to putting our state back on the right track, and promoting measures that are fair and protect constituents in every community,” Barclay said. “One year of one-party rule has proven to be both costly and dangerous. We need an immediate course correction and we are eager to get started.” Read more about this story at Syracuse.com.