RoseMarie Panio may have her critics within Westchester’s GOP, but she still seems to have some clout at the state level. She was unanimously elected secretary of the state Republican Committee at its organizational meeting in Albany today.
Panio, who has been Westchester’s party chairwoman since January of 2004, joins the leadership team assembled by newly-elected state Chairman Joseph Mondello, leader of the Nassau County GOP. Mondello is replacing Stephen Minarik, who stepped down after the party’s disastrous showing at the polls in November.
Several Republicans in Westchester have been lobbying for Panio to step down, but she has resisted those efforts. Earlier this week, State Sen. Nicholas Spano, who lost his re-election bid this month, defended Panio, saying calls for her removal were “displaced aggression.”
Panio’s term as county leader expires in September of next year.