NEWS FROM THE REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

For Release: IMMEDIATELY, December 10, 2010 Contact: Kathleen McGrath, (518) 462-2606, kmcgrath@nyracc.com

“NIFTY 50” – ASSEMBLY GOP LEADER BRIAN KOLB DECLARES VICTORY IN REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLYMAN BOB CASTELLI’S RE-ELECTION
Kolb says Assembly Republican Conference will now have at least 50 members on January 1, 2011, Kolb and the Assembly GOP achieved historic victories throughout the 2010 election cycle
Fifty is nifty! That is what Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,CCanandaigua) said this afternoon, proudly declaring victory in Assemblyman Bob Castelli’s (R,C,I-Goldens Bridge) re-election to the 89th Assembly District. Assemblyman Castelli’s victory means that the Assembly Republican Conference will now have at least 50 Members come January 1, 2011. “Our victories during the 2010 election cycle were historic. On February 8, 2010, there were 39 Members of the Assembly Republican Conference. Shortly thereafter, we won three out of the four Assembly Special Elections on February 9 to increase our membership total. Then, in the November elections, we picked up at least eight new seats and won all nine of our open districts, which represented 20 percent of our Conference. That we did so while being outspent by as much as three and even five-to-one in some races is literally unprecedented,” Kolb said. “Today, I am thrilled we can declare victory in Bob Castelli’s bid for re-election, which means a total of at least 50 Republicans will now be serving in the State Assembly on January 1. Our entire Conference congratulates Bob on his tremendous victory,” Kolb stated. “Without question, 2010 has been a banner year for Assembly Republicans: we won all nine of our open seats and successfully returned every one of our incumbent Members seeking re-election, making us the only Legislative Conference to do so in 2010,” Kolb said. “In addition, there is still one Assembly race that needs to be concluded: the seat held by Democrat Assemblyman Frank Skartados in the 100th Assembly District, which is still working its way through the courts. In that race, our former colleague Tom Kirwan holds a 64-vote lead,” Kolb stated. “So, the scorecard for the 2010 elections is that we will be coming back to Albany with at least 50 Members, and we brought back all of our incumbents who had sought re-election. Frankly, we could not have asked for a better outcome. Our entire Assembly Republican Conference is looking forward to a successful and productive 2011,” Kolb concluded. -30-

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