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Local assemblyman now party's second in command

Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, is now the No. 2 man in his party.

Jordan, now in his third term, was elevated this week to the post of Minority Leader Pro Tempore. This job requires him to research issues, prepare and lead debate and manage floor activity for his party.

“New Yorkers need a strong voice in the Assembly to stand up for policies that lower taxes, improve the economy and offer real solutions to problems that families face in our state, and I am proud to step into that role,” Jordan said in a statement. “I thank Minority Leader [Brian] Kolb for entrusting me with this responsibility, and I am eager to get the 2013 Legislative Session started.”

Kolb said he chose Jordan because of his ability, skill and keen understanding of public policy.

“It’s critical that we are able to keep up the momentum of positive change in New York that we’ve seen in the last few years, in which I am proud to say that the Assembly Republican Conference has taken the lead on these discussions and Tony will certainly carry on this tradition," Kolb added in a statement.

He began serving in this capacity in the middle of 2012. In addition to his new title, Jordan will also serve on the Rules, Local Governments and Ethics and Guidance committees and is a member of the Legislative Ethics Commission.

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