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State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb steps down from position following DWI

(WBNG) -- State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb has stepped down from his position Friday following being charged with a DWI over New Year's Eve.

In a statement sent to 12 News, Minority Leader Kolb said the following:

"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."

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.

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