Niagara Gazette

April 24, 2013

GOP shuffles positions in the county

By Justin Sondel
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The chairman of the Niagara County Republican Party has stepped down and the outgoing leader of the board at the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency is taking his place. 

County GOP Chairman Michael Norris announced in a release from the party on Wednesday that he's leaving the committee's top post "effective immediately" to pursue professional endeavors. In a separate release also issued by the county GOP, former county Republican Elections Commissioner Scott Kiedrowski announced that he's stepping down as the chairman of the board for the NCIDA to lead the county Republicans.  

Norris, who was appointed as the town attorney by the Lockport Town Board this week, also recently joined the law firm Seaman, Norris and Benedict, LLP as a partner.

Norris has served as the GOP's chairman since 2009. He said his new responsibilities will not afford him the time required to head the county Republicans.

"The position of town attorney will require me to commit a significant amount of my time and energy to providing legal services to the Town of Lockport," Norris said in the statement. "There are only so many hours in one day."

Kiedrowski served as the party's vice chairman and is also town clerk and treasurer in North Tonawanda. He became chair of the NCIDA in March, following the departure of Henry Sloma. 

“When I accepted the role at the IDA I never could have foreseen that Mike Norris would step down as head of the Niagara County Republican Committee to pursue career opportunities," Kiedrowki said. "As first vice chairman of the county Republican party, I am now in line to assume the chairmanship."

It is unclear who will take Kiedrowski's spot on the IDA board and who will assume the position of chair. Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker, who serves as the board's fist vice chairman, will likely serve as interim Chairman until the board is able to hold a vote.

“I have great confidence in the men and women currently serving on the IDA, and I know the agency is being left in extremely capable hands,” Kiedrowski said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257