“This is Bob Duffy.”
That’s how Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced his lieutenant governor to well-wishers passing through a receiving line at the Executive Mansion this afternoon.
Cuomo and Duffy are greeting about 300 people—who aides said won tickets through a lottery, but some Albany-area politicians participated as well—to say hello and offer support.
The receiving line fit in with Cuomo’s pledge to open up the state government to the general public in his effort to enlist their support in pushing his agenda through the state Legislature.
“Very optimistic,” said Albany resident Bill Rider after he met Cuomo with his 12-year-old son Kevin. ”(I) like him on a personal level and very optimistic on a personal level on what he’s going to be able to accomplish. I think that he knows that these are serious times and serious things to be done. I think he’s the right man for the right time.”
Jeanne Crane, the chairwoman for the Orleans County Democratic Committee, wished her time with Cuomo and Duffy was a bit longer.
“I wish it would have been a little bit longer,” Crane said.
She said the problems of western New York have ignored by state government and she was heartened by the selection of Duffy as Cuomo’s running mate.
“We’re hoping he will come to western New York and do a State of the State for western New York because we have a lot of different issues out there,” she said.
Crane said Cuomo needs to deal with the $9.2 billion deficit.
“I think that what he’s trying to do is limit his partying, so to speak, and he’s not spending a lot of money on the great gala events. I suppose that’s a good start,” she said.