Niagara Gazette

January 13, 2014

County GOP looking for election commissioner

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — County GOP looking for election commissioner

The Niagara County Republican Party is looking for a new elections commissioner. 

The vacancy is a result of Mary Ann Casamento’s retirement, which was effective Dec. 31, according to Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross, C-Wheatfield.

Niagara County GOP Chairman Scott Kiedrowski said the committee is planning on making a decision on the replacement soon. The group is expected to hold a meeting at a future date and one of the topics for that gathering will be Casamento’s replacement.

Kiedrowski said the GOP will be looking at an internal move, possibly promoting someone with County Board of Elections experience.

“With someone already there, it’d be a very easy transition,” he said.

Changes with voting machines and keeping up with technology are just a few of the things that make being an elections commissioner a difficult and sometimes complicated position, Kiedrowski said.

“It’s a balancing act,” he said.

Kiedrowski said the GOP expects to submit its choice to the Legislature for a final consideration by February.

Casamento, a 24-year veteran of the Niagara County Board of Elections, was named elections commissioner in 2010, replacing Kiedrowski. At the time, Kiedrowski left after 10 years to assume his current role as clerk-treasurer for the City of North Tonawanda.

Casamento has served as deputy elections commissioner since 1995, under a number of different commissioners. Prior to that, she served as a clerk at the Board of Elections.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.