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North Tonawanda clerk-treasurer resigning to head Ortt’s staff

Scott P. Kiedrowski announced Friday that he is stepping down as North Tonawanda city clerk-treasurer to take a position as chief of staff to State Sen.-elect Robert G. Ortt.

Kiedrowski also will resign as chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee.

He will leave his elected city post Jan. 5.

Ortt, who was elected to the State Senate in November to replace George Maziarz, is resigning as North Tonawanda mayor effective Wednesday.

“When Mayor Ortt was elected to the State Senate, I had many residents ask me if I was interested in becoming the next mayor in North Tonawanda, but as I thought about it, I knew it was not the right position for me and my family at this point in our lives,” Kiedrowski said. “That is when Rob approached me about joining his team. I am a big believer in Rob’s vision for our region and am excited about the opportunity.

Ortt said, “Over the past five years, Scott and I worked alongside each other for the betterment of the residents of North Tonawanda. When he decided not to seek the mayor’s position, I asked him if he would consider becoming my chief of staff. I am honored that he said yes.

Kiedrowski pointed to a number of achievements in his five years as clerk and treasurer.

“Streamlining both offices through technology advances; the ability to pay municipal bills online; expansion of office hours; establishing community outreach programs such as veterans forums at City Hall; creating a repository for retired United States Flags; flu clinics for seniors; and interaction with the youth of our community with an annual Easter writing contest are just a few of the many accomplishments my offices have achieved on behalf of and for the residents,” he noted.

Kiedrowski said that the demands of the new position prompted his decision to also step down from his post with the county GOP.

“Simply put, I do not believe there is enough time in the day to be both chief of staff to Sen. Ortt and GOP Chairman,” he said. “I’m a husband and a father of two young children who have very active lives as well. So, it’s all about balance and that just doesn’t leave time to run the party.”

Kiedrowski said that he will call a meeting of the county GOP executive committee in early January to discuss his departure as party chairman.