June 08, 2019 07:13 PM
GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — It was July 2008 when Bill Reilich was elected as chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee.
On Saturday, Reilich announced he'd be stepping aside from his position as chairman.
"During those 11 years I was involved in more than 1000 races with a 92% success rate," Reilich said.
Reilich has become the second longest serving Republican party chair in Monroe County history. So, why step down now in a big election year with the primary less than a month away?
"No matter when I would’ve left, and I'd have to leave at some point in time, there would always be questions like why now? Is it something that's around the corner? No. Is there some other reason? No," Reilich said.
Reilich says his focus is now on his role as Greece Town Supervisor. He has held the position since 2013, but with high water levels and flooding it has become more demanding in the past few years.
Reilich is passing the baton to Bill Napier.
"Starting today I'll be here on a full time basis," Napier said. "I'll be resigning from my position in the county."
Most recently, Napier served as Assistant Monroe County Executive under Cheryl Dinolfo. Now, he's working to make sure she keeps her seat.
"I can't wait to work every day as hard as we can to succeed in the primary we have coming up here and getting the county executive the Independence line on the 25th of June," Napier said.
Napier himself will have to be elected at the Monroe County Republican Convention July 15th to officially take the reins. Reilich believes he will be successful.
"He's an even tempered individual," Reilich said. "He's great at doing research and again he's been on the political scene for many years."
Updated: June 08, 2019 07:13 PM
Created: June 08, 2019 11:22 AM
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