Duffy Says Role Is To Help Cuomo

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When he was lieutenant governor, David Paterson used to joke that his job was to wake up, call the governor and if he answered, he could go back to sleep.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy outlined his job during his inaugural address Saturday: to aid Gov. Andrew Cuomo in anyway possible.

“The job of the lieutenant governor is to get up every single day and to do everything in my power to support Governor Cuomo and to support Governor Cuomo implementing the changes that he is going to bring to our state,” Duffy said during his speech.

Duffy continued to reiterate the importance of the state rallying around Cuomo’s agenda. As police chief and then Rochester mayor, Duffy said he’s seen first hand the struggles of New Yorkers who have a “hard enough time putting bread on their tables, and they cannot afford the cost of government which forces them to make terrible life decisions.”

He added, “I know in my heart that the person in the best position to lead the state is Andrew Cuomo. I walked away from a job and a city I love to join the man who I have complete faith and confidence in.”

Duffy has been tasked with leading upstate economic councils to spur job growth. He also chaired the transition team.

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