President-elect Donald J. Trump's transition team is recruiting several New Yorkers active in his campaign – including Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy – to serve in top transition team posts.
Langworthy joined other high profile Republicans Thursday to serve on the transition Executive Committee, which includes Eric Trump, Don Trump, Ivanka Trump and top advisors Reince Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon.
"I'm honored to be included in a very distinguished group of people," Langworthy said. "I have no assignment yet, but it recognizes the leadership of a lot of people in New York."
Langworthy is among several upstate Republicans who have cultivated close relations with Trump dating to the president-elect's dalliance with running for governor beginning in 2013. The Erie County chairman initially supported Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin for president in 2016, but became a vocal Trump backer after Walker's withdrawal from the race.
Since then, Langworthy has emerged as one of New York's top Trump supporters, and joins other new Executive Committee appointees including Onondaga County Republican Chairman Thomas V. Dadey Jr., Dutchess County Republican Chairman Michael McCormack, Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph N. Mondello, Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson and former Rep. John Sweeney, a counsel to the campaign.