ALBANY – Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb abruptly ended his campaign for governor Friday evening, surprising Republican leaders who had expected him at events this weekend.

Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, issued a statement Friday evening bowing out, though he vowed to continue as the Assembly’s Republican leader.

“It is with a heavy heart that today I am announcing I am ending my campaign for Governor of New York,” Kolb said.