ALBANY -- Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, has been appointed majority leader of the state Assembly, the chamber's second-highest post.
Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, announced Wednesday that Morelle was his pick.
"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 was first elected to the Assembly in 1990 and has authored more than 200 laws. He currently serves as chair of the Insurance Committee and previously chaired the Assembly's standing committees on Tourism, Small Business and Ethics. He currently holds positions on the Ways and Means, Rules, Economic Development and Higher Education committees.
"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 a statement. "I look forward to the year ahead and to working hard on behalf of all New Yorkers."
A former small-business owner, he previously served as a member of the Monroe County Legislature. He earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo.
The majority leader is responsible for the day-to-day operational duties of the Assembly chamber, including running the floor during debates.