BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York’s second in command says he will not run alongside Governor Cuomo later this year. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy says this will be the end of his public service career. He says it was purely “a life decision.” He’s from Rochester and wants to spend the rest of his life in the Finger Lakes region.
In a letter to Cuomo, Duffy says all of his traveling throughout the past four years has resulted in constant back and leg pain. He said consistent travel is vitally important to the position and he does not want to operate at a reduced level.
Duffy said he will campaign for Cuomo and the lieutenant governor candidate, once that person is selected. Cuomo’s statement on Duffy’s decision said in part, “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.”
Duffy says he is planning to serve the remainder of his term. Duffy was inaugurated as the 76th Lieutenant Governor back in January 2011. He previously served as the Mayor of Rochester from 2006 to 2010. Before that he was Rochester’s chief of police from 1998 to 2005.
So who could possibly join Governor Cuomo on his re-election ticket this fall? Erie County Democratic Committee Chair Jeremy Zellner hopes someone from western New York runs alongside the governor in the fall.
“Certainly our mayor would be a strong candidate for lieutenant governor, he’s done a tremendous job with our city, he’s been an incredible steward for our city. We’re seeing historic development going on.” Zellner added, “I think our county executive would be a tremendous candidate, he’s doing some great things with CPS reform statewide right now. Kathy Hochul would certainly be a strong candidate for lieutenant governor as well.”