Governor Cuomo responds to Lt. Gov.'s decision not to seek re-election

Updated: 05/08/2014 7:34 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 11:42 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

Three and half years ago, Bob Duffy was sworn in as lieutenant governor. In a letter Wednesday, Duffy told the governor that he is not going to run for re-election.

By the end of the year, the former mayor will be back home, looking for work. On Wednesday, he sent a letter to Governor Cuomo saying he’s not running again. The letter says the travel of his job has left him with constant leg and back pain. He also wants to spend more time with his family.

So what should he do now?

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “I would want him to do what he feels is best for him.”

Senator Joe Robach said, “I am sure somebody will want someone with that experience.”

News10NBC got reaction from people on Main Street in downtown Rochester.

Chuck McCloskey said, “I would love to see him run the Rochester Business Alliance.” 

The Rochester Business Alliance is a mega chamber of commerce. Duffy said he was a candidate to take over last year. The current CEO, Sandy Parker, retires the same day Duffy leaves office.

What about elected office? Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks ends her final term next year.

That would be an open seat.

What about Congress? Louise Slaughter is running for re-election this year, but those terms are only two years. Duffy still has eight months left on his current job.

He tweeted Thursday afternoon, “Very proud to have served the past four years with Governor Cuomo. Our comments about each other speak for themselves, friends and colleagues. I consider myself very fortunate. It has been great."

Thursday, Governor Cuomo issued a statement saying, “Over the course of his distinguished career, Robert Duffy has shown an unparalleled commitment to improving the lives of those around him. A longtime police officer, he climbed through the ranks to become Chief of Police for the City of Rochester and worked tirelessly to keep communities in his hometown safe. After being elected to serve as the Mayor of Rochester, he continued to fight crime while also taking steps to improve the City's education system. And over the past few years as Lieutenant Governor, Bob has carried the mantle of progress and opportunity to every corner of this state. From bringing new focus to the Upstate economy to leading the Regional Economic Development Councils, few people have traveled more miles, heard from more New Yorkers, or had a greater impact on this State than Bob Duffy. My administration and all of New York owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude. Bob has not just been a great partner in governing our state - he has also been a true friend. I have said repeatedly that asking Bob to be New York's Lieutenant Governor was the first and best decision I made since running for Governor, and that statement remains true today. I am deeply grateful for his service and friendship and I look forward to working together in the years ahead. I wish him and his family all the best." 

In the past, Duffy had expressed interest in returning home to Rochester where he served as Rochester's police chief and mayor.

Read the letter Duffy sent Governor Cuomo

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