Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda Clerk-Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski will lead the Niagara County Republican Committee as part of a shake-up in the GOP ranks ahead of November’s municipal and county-level elections.
Niagara Republican Committee Chairman Michael Norris announced Wednesday that he will bow out of the position he has held since 2009 to become the Town of Lockport attorney.
Kiedrowski, who has served as the committee’s vice chairman, said he was informed Monday of Norris’s intention to vacate the post. The chairmanship would pass to him under party rules and the leadership change would not require authorization or an election by committee members.
“There’s no requirement for a vote,” Kiedrowski said. “There’s an automatic ascendancy.”
In accepting the chairmanship, Kiedrowski, 44, stepped down as chairman of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday — a group he’d been tapped to lead only last month. Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker, who served as the IDA’s interim chair after Henry Sloma left earlier this year, said he will again become the interim head.
Kiedrowski was appointed to the IDA board in January, becoming its chairperson in March. He’s also served as the Niagara County Republican Elections commissioner and a state GOP committeeman.
Kiedrowski is in his second term as the North Tonawanda clerk-treasurer, a position he said will take priority over the GOP chairmanship.
“That’s very important to me,” he said. “While I’m very happy to run these activities, my number one priority is North Tonawanda, being the county GOP chair is second to that.”
Yet, he said, as the Republican Party maintains a firm grip on Niagara County outside of Niagara Falls, he will continue to move the party forward.
“I’ve been involved with the party structure for many year, I’ve sat in many different seats and I’ve seen the election process from A to Z,” he said. “I feel like I have the acumen to very easily take the leadership post. It all comes down to good government attracting good candidates. We must be doing something right. A lot of our candidates are continue on in office and continuing the hard work in reducing the size of government.”