Kolb, of Canandaigua, Ontario County, was unanimously selected for the post by the 41-member Republican conference. Democrats hold a 109-41 seat majority in the Assembly.
But despite the disparity, Kolb, 56, vowed that the conference will be a voice for reform and more efficient government, saying Assembly Republicans has consistently voted against higher taxes.
“It’s not just about a Republican ideal; it’s about the issues that matter to New Yorkers,” Kolb said at a news conference.
Kolb also ruled out running for Congress next year against Rep. Eric Massa, D-Corning, because he said it wants to focus on leading the Republican caucus.
Kolb was first elected in 2000, winning in a special election by just 10 votes. He represents the 129th District, which stretches across parts of Ontario, Cayuga, Onondaga, Cortland counties and all of Seneca County.
Kolb succeeds Tedisco of Schenectady, who left the position to focus on the vote counting in his congressional bid. He’s currently in a dead heat against Democrat Scott Murphy in a House seat that runs from the North County to Dutchess County.