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Representative Will Barclay adapting to new life as NYS Assembly Minority leader, pushing for closing the state’s $6.1 billion budget gap, repealing bail reform law, and finding ways to reduce population loss in NYS By Lou Sorendo Minority leader Will Barclay meeting with supporters recently. Q.: How did your experience as the Assembly Minority Conference’s ranking minority member on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee help prepare you for your current role as leader of the Assembly GOP? Does it give you an advantage when reviewing, analyzing and debating the state budget? A.: I’ve been in the Assembly and in leadership for quite some time, and as a result I’ve slowly moved up the ladder. A ranker on the Ways and Means Committee can rightfully be classified as the second or third spot behind leader of the conference. That allowed me a bigger platform when I was ranker and I had more of a public face. As ranker, I attended all the budget hearings and then spoke for the conference when it came to budgetary matters. That higher profile position gave me the experience for this even higher profile role. You would think as a rank-and-file legislator, you’re certainly engaged