Kiedrowski named GOP chair; to step down from Niagara County IDAby jmaloni
North Tonawanda resident to focus on Niagara GOP leadership post
After becoming chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee Wednesday, Niagara County Industrial Development Agency Chairman Scott P. Kiedrowski has announced he will be stepping down from the IDA board.
"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. As first vice chairman of the County Republican Party, I am now in line to assume the chairmanship," Kiedrowski said.
"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," he said.
Kiedrowski, who currently serves as the clerk/treasurer in North Tonawanda, replaces Michael J. Norris as the chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee. Norris resigned his post on Wednesday to focus on his newly established private law practice.
"Many of us in public service and politics wear different hats. My No. 1 responsibility is to serve the people of North Tonawanda as clerk/treasurer. I am proud of the work we have done to put North Tonawanda on solid financial footing and will continue to make that work my top priority."
Kiedrowski thanked outgoing chairman Norris, and vowed to continue the success the party has enjoyed over the past 10 years.
"Mike Norris has done an excellent job as chairman during his tenure," Kiedrowski said. "The Niagara County GOP is recognized as one of the strongest political organizations in the state, and Mike has been a big part of that success."
Kiedrowski said his focus as chairman is to continue recruiting and retaining Republican candidates who embody the party's core philosophies: lower taxes, smaller government, responsible spending and the cultivation of a business climate that encourages private capital investment and job creation.
"I am honored to become chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee," Kiedrowski told fellow Republican Committee members. "We have an outstanding organization that will continue to get stronger."
"In a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans, we have 12 of 15 county legislators, and 11 of 12 town supervisors because we attract candidates and volunteers who work diligently and effectively to reduce taxes and advocate for smaller government," he said. "As chairman, I will continue to work with Republicans throughout the county and across the state to ensure that our party stays strong here in Niagara."