As Duffy rumors swirl, Rochester Business Alliance chief lengthens term

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The president and CEO of a Rochester-based business group is postponing her retirement as questions linger over whether Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy is interested in the job.

Sandra Parker, the head of the Rochester Business Alliance, had announced her plans to retire at the end of the year. But on Monday, the group issued a statement saying she’ll delay her retirement into 2014.

“I foresee 2014 as a year of major change and transition in our community,” Parker said in a statement. “The repurposing of Eastman Business Park, progress on major economic development projects in the City of Rochester and throughout the Finger Lakes region, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on RBA members and our health care systems are all factors that led to this decision.”

Parker’s statement came after Duffy signaled last week that he would discuss his future plans next year, when he and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are up for re-election. He has declined to discuss the Rochester Business Alliance job when asked.

Duffy, the former mayor and police chief of Rochester, has been lieutenant governor since the start of 2012. He has close ties to Parker, purchasing her lakefront home earlier this year.

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