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For a few weeks, the Cuomo administration hasn't shot down murmurs that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy was interested in a Rochester-area business job and might not be on the 2014 election ticket.
Today, the Albany Times Union reported that Duffy had indeed interviewed for the top post at the Rochester Business Alliance on Oct. 5, which the Cuomo administration confirmed. A Cuomo aide also said Duffy interviewed before notifying the administration, but added that Duffy has now taken himself out of consideration for the business job. The story says the members of the alliance's search committee were concerned about Duffy recusing himself from matters involving economic development in western New York.
Duffy is the former mayor of Rochester.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has refused to directly answer questions about Duffy's status at this time, saying it was a "political" issue that he'd address next year.