A veteran assemblyman will retain his leadership post, while a new member of the chamber will serve as the top Republican on an Assembly committee.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced on Wednesday his conference's committee and leadership positions for the 2019 session. The list includes Assemblyman Gary Finch, who has represented parts of Cayuga County since 1999. Finch will continue to serve as assistant minority leader.
Assemblyman-elect Brian Manktelow, who will succeed retiring state Assemblyman Bob Oaks, has been named ranking member of the Assembly Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation. The five-member panel has broad oversight responsibilities, but mainly focuses on the effectiveness of state laws and complements work by other committees.
Manktelow, R-Lyons, revealed that he will also serve on the Banks, Labor, Small Business and Veterans Affairs committees.
"I'm really excited about it," he said.
The most notable announcement made by Kolb was who will succeed Oaks, R-Macedon, as ranking member on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Oaks became the top Republican on the Ways and Means committee in 2011.
With Oaks' retirement, he will be replaced by a central New Yorker. Assemblyman Will Barclay, a Pulaski Republican, has been named ranking member of Ways and Means.
Barclay served as ranking member of the Assembly Insurance Committee since 2005. He is a member of the Ways and Means committee.
As ranking member, Barclay will be the lead GOP voice in the Assembly on budgetary matters. The Ways and Means committee, which is the top financial panel in the chamber, plays an active role in the budget process.
"The work of committees often goes unnoticed, but is an integral part of the legislative process and central to the operations of the chamber," Kolb, R-Canandaigua, said in a statement. "I know that the members of our conference will continue to be diligent and vocal in their committees, and I look forward to working alongside my leadership team throughout the 2019 legislative session."
Kolb announced the GOP committee and leadership assignments after Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced the Democrats' leadership posts this week. The biggest development was Heastie naming Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat, as majority leader.
Peoples-Stokes is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Assembly majority leader.
The 2019 legislative session opens Wednesday, Jan. 9.