Gov. Cuomo responds after Lt. Gov. Duffy's announcement

Posted at: 05/08/2014 12:58 PM
Updated at: 05/08/2014 5:56 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY -- Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester, who became what some political experts say was one of Governor Andrew Cuomo's biggest cheerleaders, is calling it quits.

"I think it was something that was predictable, if not expected," said Skidmore College Political Science Professor Ron Seyb.

Seyb said it's been on Duffy's mind on he road, during his travels for the administration.

"Lieutenant Governor Duffy had talked a while back about maybe making a move to become the head of the Business Commission in Rochester," Seyb said.

That move to the Business Commission in Rochester would mean a significant increase in salary, less travel and less pressure, according to Seyb. The job is still a possibility. Duffy's resignation is now a reality. He made it official in a letter to the governor. The 59 year-old said the decision was not political. He's been dealing with back pain as a result of all the traveling and he wants to spend more time with his family.

"As much as that sounds like a cliche with these political departures, there seems to be some sincerity here," Seyb said.

Governor Cuomo released that said in part:

"Bob has not just been a great partner in governing our state, he has also been a true friend. I have said repeatedly that asking Bob to be New York's Lieutenant Governor was the first and best decision I made since running for Governor, and that statement remains true today."

Now the search is on for a new running mate. The governor does have a sizable lead according to the last poll. But Seyb said the governor has some vulnerabilities with voters Upstate and his choice will most likely reflect that.

"Electoraly it does not make much of a difference," Seyb told Newschannel 13. "But I'm sure the governor is looking for somebody probably not from downstate."

We will most likely get the answer in a couple of weeks when Democrats meet for their convention.

On Thursday afternoon, Duffy also responded by sending out this tweet: