The Republican Party chairmen of the three counties in the 62nd Senate District - Scott Kiedrowski of Niagara County, Ed Morgan of Orleans County and Bill Reilich of Monroe County - issued the following statement Wednesday:
"Following the recommendation of the committee to fill vacancies, we are proud to announce North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt as the endorsed Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District.
"Rob Ortt demonstrates a strong commitment to Republican values. Serving as the chief executive of North Tonawanda, Rob has fought for a smaller, more common-sense government, while revitalizing his community. A staunch defender of the Second Amendment, Rob will work to repeal the New York SAFE Act, and advocate for law-abiding gun owners across New York. As a combat veteran, he will bring a commitment to leadership and service with him to Albany to represent the people of Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties.
"The committee to fill vacancies considered a number of highly qualified candidates, including former Assembly Leader Charles Nesbitt, each of whom would have continued the strong tradition and dedication to public service set by Sen. George Maziarz.
"This seat will play a crucial role in preventing downstate Democrats from taking full control of New York state government at the expense of Western New Yorkers.
"We look forward to assisting Rob with the full support of our organizations and know he will represent the people of the 62nd district with the same integrity he has exhibited his entire career."
Maziarz announced Sunday he would not seek re-election.