Michael J. Norris has resigned as Niagara County Republican Party chairman, following his appointment as Town of Lockport attorney on Wednesday.
Although not legally required to, Norris resigned the chairmanship he had held since November 2009. Norris said he will also resign his position as deputy corporation counsel for the city of Lockport.
"I'll be leaving that post as well," Norris said.
Norris wrote a letter to the county GOP citing his reason for leaving. Working as the town attorney and as a party chairman it simply was "not viable to maintain this level of involvement and it is not in my nature to do a job in a half-hearted manner," Norris said in the letter.
“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. There are only so many hours in one day,” Norris said.
Norris announced his move Wednesday as the Lockport Town Board named him to the $113,809-a-year town attorney post vacated last week by his law partner, Daniel E. Seaman. Seaman will remain attorney for the town's Industrial Development Agency, while the firm will continue to handle legal issues for a few municipalities, such as the town of Royalton and the village of Middleport.
North Tonawanda Clerk-Treasurer Scott P. Kiedrowski, first vice chairman of the Niagara GOP executive committee, will serve as interim chairman, effective immediately, according to the letter Norris sent to the GOP.
Kiedrowski, who has served as the committees' vice chairman, said he was informed Monday of Norris's intention to vacate the post, and that he would be made chairman as part of the rules of the county GOP.
"Theres no requirement for a vote," Kiedrowski said. "There's an automatic ascendancy."