NEW YORK STATE -- Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy won’t be joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the 2014 statewide ticket. Political sources confirmed to Time Warner Cable News that Duffy will step down as the state's No. 2 man at the end of December.
In a letter to Cuomo, Duffy wrote he is "profoundly grateful" for giving him the opportunity to serve as lieutenant governor for the last 3 1/2 years. The letter informed Cuomo that Duffy will not seek another term. It was first reported by the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester.
Duffy wrote the decision was for personal reasons, due to the amount of physical pain caused by the constant travel he has undertaken while serving in the position.
Head to the nystateofpolitics.com blog to read the full letter written by Duffy, and Cuomo's response.
The former Rochester mayor and police chief is rumored to be the next head of the Rochester Business Alliance, a pro-business lobby group whose current leader, Sandy Parker, is expected to retire at the end of the year.
It remains unclear for now who Cuomo will select as his running mate, but options range from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, to former Rep. Kathy Hochul.
One of the names mentioned as a possible replacement for Duffy is Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. A spokesman for Brown released this statement:
"The Mayor has a great relationship with both Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy and wishes the Lieutenant Governor well. At the end of the day, any decision would come from Governor Cuomo."
Another name that's been mentioned as a possible replacement on the ticket is Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. His office released a statement on the matter that said, in part:
"The County Executive... is honored that people feel that he is a good candidate, but he is happy to be serving as the County Executive. However, if Governor Cuomo should express interest in having Mr. Poloncarz as his Lt. Gov., that would be hard to say no to."