What’s next for Duffy?
Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 06:26 PM EDT
by Evan White
Rochester, N.Y. -- Lieutenant Governor discussed his future with 13WHAM News in New York City on Wednesday night with few absolutes except that his duties would end in December.
“One thing I feel very strongly about now—I’ll never say never—but I don’t have an inclination to continue in the political world,” stated Duffy.
Duffy confirmed that he had sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier in the day to notify him that Duffy would not seek reelection.
The former Rochester police chief and mayor cited a strenuous travel schedule and missing his beloved home region.
“I made this decision,” explained Duffy. “I know the governor wanted me to run again and you know what?” “I’m only stepping away for the reasons I mentioned, the pain, and the travel.” Duffy added.
“I support him, obviously,” said Joseph Morelle, Assembly Majority Leader. “I’ll miss his partnership in Albany, but I expect he’s going to be very active and I certainly would hope and encourage him to be very active on civil issues moving forward.”
As for the next chapter in Duffy’s career, he said he is unsure, but prefers the private sector.
“I’m sure he’s done nothing more than build greater relationships,” said John Pitton, Market President with Bank of America.
“To leverage that experience, leverage those relationships that he’s created, I think that would be more good news for Rochester.”
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren worked with Duffy during his mayoral administration.
“I would really like to sit down and talk to him about what he’s thinking and where he goes from here,” Warren said.
When asked if they could envision another run at politics for the longtime public servant, former chief of police James Sheppard didn’t hesitate.
“That is not something that I know he wants to do,” explained Sheppard. “I’ll take a guess; I think he’s had enough of that.”
Councilwoman Elaine Spaull is not so sure about that assessment.
“I think he’s still loved in our community, gushed Spaull. “Nothing surprises me.”
Previous reports have linked Duffy to the Rochester Business Alliance, the area chamber of commerce. In a statement to 13WHAM New, RBA said the following:
Sandy Parker has committed to working as Rochester Business Alliance president and CEO through the end of this year.
The RBA executive search committee, made up of members of our board of directors, has not yet named her successor. When it does, we will make a public announcement.
Duffy’s term as Lieutenant Governor ends December 31st, and he said he plans to continue in his role until that day.
Speaking with 13WHAM News at an event in April, Duffy said his announcement regarding his potential future as Lieutenant Governor would come in May, and would be a joint statement along with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I think the Lieutenant Governor made a life decision and so they made it jointly in the sense that they can’t go forward unless they’re both prepared to continue to run together,” said Morelle. “Bob made it clear for family reasons he chose to be closer to home.”