In Duffy’s Wake, Mayor’s Race In Rochester Gets Heated


The decision by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy to leave as Rochester mayor to serve as second-in-command to Gov. Andrew Cuomo has fueled a fight over who will be his successor.

Former three-term Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson announced his candidacy today, joining a field that includes Duffy’s former counsel Thomas Richards.

From the Democrat and Chronicle this afternoon.

“I am in this race to stay,” Johnson said. “I am in this race to win.”

Johnson made the announcement in a press conference at 2 p.m. at Corn Hill Landing.

The campaign manager for his challenger in seeking the Democratic nomination will speak to the media at 3 p.m.

Standing with Johnson were teachers union president Adam Urbanski and former school board member Tom Brennan.

Johnson said that he would serve the remainder of Duffy’s term with the goal of helping to advance the next generation of leadership so a full slate of candidates is available to run in 2013.

Johnson enters the mayoral special election race facing former Acting Mayor Thomas Richards.

In a letter sent to city Democratic leaders this week, Johnson said he would seek to “bring stability, integrity and transparency back to City Hall.”


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  1. Tell the Truth (for once) on

    Double the national violent crime rate, humid, sweltering summers, ice-age winters and everybody wants to be mayor. Must be some big bucks involved.