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Duffy talks about future plans

Rochester, N.Y. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy (D-NY) had a solemn and reflective message for the 2014 MCC graduating class as he delivered his commencement address. He urged them to enjoy life.

When you get older like I am, you lose parents, family members and friends he said before and audience of 3,000 students and parents at the Blue Cross Arena. You take a step back and you look at things differently.

He then told the soon-to-be graduates that work was important, but life was the most important of all.

Duffy said those were some of the driving forces that helped him make the decision not to seek re-election as Lieutenant Governor.

Im going to come back, he said, referring to Western New York. Im going to work and enjoy life, and Im going to look for ways to contribute, but not in the political arena, but other ways.

Although he didnt specify what he would do next, Duffy told 13WHAM News hes 99% certain he wont run for elected office again.

I dont want it brought up that I was misleading if I change my mind down the road, he added, referring to the 1% he left open to the possibility of running for something again.

Duffy didnt expand on if he would be moving into the private sector, nor did he expand on any plans he might be pursuing.

Governor Cuomo has thrown his support behind former Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) to be Duffys successor, and Duffy seems to like the choice.

Ive known Kathy for many years, he said, talking about his previous efforts to campaign for Hochul. Im proud she was picked to run with the Governor, and Im looking forward to supporting her campaign.

He said although he announced he would not be seeking re-election, he will serve the remainder of his term through December 31st.

 
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