Scozzafava Appointed Minority Leader Pro Tempore
Assemblywoman calls appointment a ‘tremendous privilege’

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava receives a standing ovation in the Assembly Chamber from her colleagues, including Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, pictured left, as she officially assumes the duties of Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tempore.

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ALBANY, N.Y., April 27, 2009
  —  Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R, I, WF-Gouverneur) today announced that she was appointed by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R, I, C - Canandaigua) as the new Minority Leader Pro Tempore of the New York State Assembly. 

The vacancy was created when Assemblyman Brian Kolb was elected as Leader of the Minority Conference of the New York State Assembly on April 6. 

More commonly referred to as the “floor leader,” the Minority Leader Pro Tempore is responsible for leading debates and driving forward the agenda of the Minority Conference of the New York State Assembly.

“I am honored and consider it a tremendous privilege to have been appointed to the position of Minority Leader Pro Tempore,” said Scozzafava. “Given the current fiscal challenges facing our state, I know I must hit the ground running while leading the debate to push forward the Assembly Minority Conference’s call to rein in out-of-control spending that has led to out-of-control taxes.”

Scozzafava stressed that despite inevitable political differences, the Assembly must work in a bipartisan manner.

“We cannot achieve results for the people of our state if we continue to have an ‘us versus them, Democrat versus Republican’ mentality. This type of partisan bickering will only lead to further gridlock in Albany. It would be naïve to think we won’t have disagreements, but when we do, I challenge all of my colleagues to engage in professional, courteous debates,” added Scozzafava.

First elected to the Assembly in 1998, Dede Scozzafava resides in the North Country in the town of Gouverneur with her husband, Ron McDougall, and their two children, Matt and Molly. Scozzafava will assume the duties of Minority Leader Pro Tempore effective immediately.

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