Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy today would say little more about his future plans and whether he’ll stay in the Cuomo administration, saying, “I’m with the governor. I’m going nowhere at this point.”
Duffy essentially reiterated what he said in a statement Wednesday: It’s too early to talk politics, and he’ll wait until Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes his re-election announcement before announcing his own future.
Duffy has been rumored to be among the leading candidates to serve as head of the Rochester Business Alliance, a higher-paying job that would keep him closer to home.
“I’m with Governor Cuomo. I’ll say this. I know a lot of rumors are abounding,” Duffy told reporters in Lockport, Niagara County, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, courtesy of WGRZ, a Gannett TV station. “I’m with the governor. As we said, next year during political season, the governor’s not even announced his own intentions yet.”
Typically, gubernatorial candidates launch their campaigns shortly before the party’s conventions in May. Cuomo and Duffy, then Rochester mayor, announced their election plans in May 2010.
“A good lieutenant governor never gets out in front of the governor. And so, I’m with the governor. I’m going nowhere at this point,” Duffy continued.
It’s unclear if the Rochester Business Alliance would wait until the middle of next year to give Duffy the job. The current CEO, Sandy Parker, is retiring at year’s end.
“Once the governor announces what he is going to do, I think it’s going to be very clear in terms of our collective plans,” Duffy said. “Stand by for that. We’re still a long ways off from that. This is only October. Political season is not until sometime next year, in the spring, and all I’m caring about now is working with the governor, and we’re focused on governing.”