REPORT: Lawmaker who warned about driving drunk resigns as GOP leader after DWI arrest

JANUARY 3, 2020

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A top New York Republican who was arrested for DWI one week after he wrote a column warning about the dangers of drunk driving is stepping down from his leadership position.

Brian Kolb announced he was stepping down as minority leader of the state Assembly on Friday, three days after he drove his state-issued vehicle into a ditch near his upstate New York home.

The article goes on to state the following:

An Ontario County sheriff’s deputy administered field sobriety tests, which Kolb failed, officials said.

Just one week earlier, Kolb had written an op-ed warning people to not drink and drive during the holidays, and noted that December was National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

On Friday, he issued a statement, announcing he was stepping down as Minority Leader. He wrote:

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.

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