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April 24, 2013

Norris steps down as county GOP chair

Kiedrowksi to chair GOP, Tucker takes reins at IDA


In accepting the chairmanship, Kiedrowski, 44, stepped down from the county Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday. Lockport Mayor Michael W. Tucker, who served as the IDA's interim chair after Henry Sloma left earlier this year, said he will again become as interim head.
Tucker, who was the IDA vice chairman, said he has no desire to serve as chairman indefinitely.
"My first priority is the city of Lockport," Tucker said. "I'll stay for a little while, but I don't plan on forever. I'm open to staying until the March reorganization, but that's the absolute longest."
The agency is a major part of economic development in Niagara County, Tucker said, so his presence on the board of directors is a benefit for Lockport. It allows him to keep in contact with the movers and shakers of the county, Tucker said.
Kiedrowski was appointed to the IDA board in January, becoming its chairperson in March. He's also served as the Niagara County Republican Board of Elections commissioner and a state GOP committeeman. 
Kiedrowski is in his second term as the North Tonawanda clerk-treasurer, a position he said will take preeminence over the GOP chairmanship. 
"That's very important to me," he said. "While I'm very happy to run these activities, my number one priority is North Tonawanda, being the county GOP chair is second to that."
Yet, he said, as the Republican Party maintains a firm grip on Niagara County outside of Niagara Falls, he will continue to move the party forward.
"I've been involved with the party structure for many years, I've sat in many different seats and I've seen the election process from A to Z," he said. "I feel like I have the acumen to very easily take the leadership post. It all comes down to good government attracting good candidates. We must be doing something right. A lot of our candidates are continue on in office and continuing the hard work in reducing the size of government."

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