Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, was appointed Wednesday as majority leader of the state Assembly by Speaker Sheldon Silver.
“Joe has made tremendous contributions to the Assembly majority over the last two decades,” Silver said in a statement.
“Given his strength of character, proven leadership abilities and loyalty to this institution, I have every confidence that he will ably guide the work of the Assembly with integrity and respect.”
Morelle replaces Ronald Canestrari, D-Cohoes, who did not seek re-election to the post.
Morelle was first elected to the Assembly in 1990. He chairs its Insurance Committee, and serves on the Ways and Means, Rules, Economic Development and Higher Education committees.
He previously chaired standing committees on tourism, small business and ethics.
The majority leader handles day-to-day operational duties in the Assembly chamber, including guiding the floor during debates.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as majority leader of this great body, and grateful to Speaker Silver for his friendship and extraordinary leadership,” Morelle said in the statement.
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