The head of the Rockland County Republican Committee is no longer the first vice chairman of the state GOP.
Vincent Reda, the Rockland GOP chairman, was replaced as the state party’s second-ranking official by Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey, according to the state GOP.
The vote of the state GOP’s executive committee came behind closed doors in Albany on Wednesday.
In a phone interview, Reda said the decision was made to give more voice to upstate. The GOP’s officers had been dominated in recent years by officials hailing from downstate, including state GOP chairman Ed Cox.
The vote was “amicably agreed upon,” Reda said.
“Everything was downstate — from the executive director to the state chairman,” Reda said. “So I remained as the mid-Hudson regional vice chair and the upstate guys took the first vice chair.”