Video: Duffy says, “I’m going nowhere — at this point”


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.”


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  2. I think what should have been reported by the news media here is how, “since the first global annual fracking crackdown was held” that the count went from over twenty states drilling for natural gas we are now over 30 states drilling…? and with all the supposed anti gas protesting, not one state reversed there decision to drill for natural gas. Matt Ryan gave a speech about how gas companies spent billions, corrected by him to hundreds of millions, on gas company advertising on how safe natural gas drilling was, then stating “If natural gas drilling were so safe why are the gas companies spending the money to advertise its safety?” Well Mayor Ryan it may have something to do with the misinformation campaign being spear headed by people and groups like you and the Park Foundation spending hundreds of millions slandering the drilling process with false accusations and lawsuits brought forth by paid activist like Isaac Gorn and Craig Stevens. Come on people think about it… if someone threw a brick at you wouldn’t you dodge it? If paid activist like Sandra Stiengrabber charged you falsely of mass pollution What was really sad though is how Isaac Silvertounged Gorn in his speech stated “For five years we anti frackers should be proud, we have keep the frackers from fracking and even driven one company of frackers out of business, (Norris Energy) costing NYS 5,000 jobs. That is 5,000 families here in Upstate NY left without a means to support their families. And you state your proud of that??? no wonder why NY is ranked 50th out of 50 as a state to do business with. I relate that speech to being as silly as my asking in 5 years of not fracking…. where are the wind farms??? where are the solar farms??? Where did the opportunity go to make thousands of new student development housing in Binghamton area built in the last 5 years…free of fossil fuels. The hypocrisy is there for all to see by those who choose not to be blinded by the emotion. I have one question for all these protestors that were out today… Did you pay your NYSEG Bill and if you did….why…. did you buy some fossil fuel energy.