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Leader Brian Kolb and Alan Chartock

New York Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua is ending his campaign for governor, according to a press release issued late Friday. The Republican, who was in a field that also includes Sen. John DeFrancisco and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, said he was not prepared to spend the next year on the road campaigning. Some GOP officials had backed DeFrancisco in recent days, and Kolb had complained that state committee chair Ed Cox was not giving his campaign a fair shake.

NY Republicans Have Short Field For Governor's Race

Jan 10, 2018
Leader Brian Kolb and Alan Chartock

The 2018 election season is beginning, but state Republicans are still trying to settle on a strong candidate to challenge Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants to seek a third term.  Republican State Party Chair Ed Cox says the GOP will have a “good,” qualified and viable candidate. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Upstate Republican Brian Kolb says he will run for New York governor next year.

The lawmaker from Canandaigua has led the GOP minority in the state Assembly for eight years and was first elected in 2000.

File photo: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb
Karen DeWitt

One day before New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, where he is expected to address ethics issues after the criminal convictions of the two legislative leaders, some state legislators are already demanding reforms that would break up the power of the leadership.

Alan Chartock is joined by New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

Host Alan Chartock is joined by Brian Kolb, Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly. They discuss the results of the elections, the future of redistricting, hydrofracking, jobs and the economy, and the proposed Constitutional Convention for 2017.