Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy had harsh words for the Albany power structure during a speech in Rochester on Wednesday, saying state government is “often paralyzed by special interests.”
Duffy also declined to comment on persistent rumors that he’s under consideration for a soon-to-be-open job leading the Rochester Business Alliance.
Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy made some unusually pointed remarks in Rochester Wednesday about the failure of the state’s bureaucracy and politicians to help business succeed.
“Too often, the government in Albany makes decisions not in alliance with what Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo is trying to do for the state,” Duffy said. “There are too many ill-advised decisions leading to unintended consequences. State government is often paralyzed by special interests.
“The governor doesn’t have unilateral power in the state,” Duffy told 800 gathered at the annual awards luncheon of the Small Business Council of Rochester. “He has to work with the Assembly and the Senate.”
Following his remarks Wednesday, Duffy refused to discuss speculation that he plans to quit the lieutenant governorship in order to succeed Sandra Parker as CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, the local equivalent of the chamber of commerce. Parker will retire at the end of the year.
“I’ve heard the rumors and I’m not going to comment,” Duffy said.
In a statement released by Cuomo’s office in late August, Duffy said he and Cuomo “have the same plans.” “We plan to seek re-election and will formally announce it at the appropriate time,” he said.
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