(WBNG Binghamton) Lt. Governor Bob Duffy will not be seeking a re-election this year. He announced his decision in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Duffy said his decision is not a political one, but a “life decision,” as he would prefer to travel less and spend more time at his Rochester home with his family.
A major component of the decision Duffy made was the negative effect that traveling across the state was having on his body. Duffy stated he has residual effects of constant leg and back pain from thousands of miles per week traveled in the car.
Cuomo offered to reduce the amount of travel, but Duffy declined, stating New York deserves a lieutenant governor who is able to work and travel at the pace that he was able to over the past four years.
Cuomo issued a statement in response to Duffy’s decision Thursday afternoon.
“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,” Cuomo said.
In his letter, Duffy also stated he will campaign for the next lieutenant governor candidate Cuomo selects.
Duffy plans to serve out the remainder of his term and step down from office December 31 of this year.
Gov. Cuomo's full statement regarding Duffy is below:
“Over the course of his distinguished career, Robert Duffy has shown an unparalleled commitment to improving the lives of those around him. A longtime police officer, he climbed through the ranks to become Chief of Police for the City of Rochester and worked tirelessly to keep communities in his hometown safe. After being elected to serve as the Mayor of Rochester, he continued to fight crime while also taking steps to improve the City’s education system. And over the past few years as Lieutenant Governor, Bob has carried the mantle of progress and opportunity to every corner of this state. From bringing new focus to the Upstate economy to leading the Regional Economic Development Councils, few people have traveled more miles, heard from more New Yorkers, or had a greater impact on this State than Bob Duffy. My administration and all of New York owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude.
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. I am deeply grateful for his service and friendship and I look forward to working together in the years ahead. I wish him and his family all the best.”
A copy of Duffy's original letter to Cuomo can be found <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/LG_Letter.pdf"_blank">here</a>.