State GOP Chairman William Powers, credited with rebuilding the state Republican Party organization, was re-elected to a fifth, two-year term Monday by party leaders across the state.
Powers' unanimous re-election was applauded by Gov. Pataki and other top New York Republicans.
"Bill Powers' re-election as our state Republican chairman proves that the Republican Party is prepared to successfully move into the 21st century," the governor said.
In the wake of a disastrous showing in the 1990 election for governor, when GOP candidate Pierre Rinfret almost finished in third place, Powers took control of the state party apparatus.
In 1991, Powers helped elect Republican Rudolph Giuliani as mayor of New York City. In 1992, then-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato eked out a re-election victory with the chairman's help and two years later, Powers played a key role in the victory of then-state Sen. Pataki over Democratic incumbent Mario Cuomo in the governor's race.