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Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy won’t seek re-election as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate, according to a report – confirming a move that had been long expected.
Duffy formally told Cuomo in a letter to the governor Wednesday, according to Duffy’s hometown newspaper, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been among several Democrats mentioned as a possible running mate for Cuomo. The state Democratic Party picked Suffolk County to host its convention (May 21-22 in Melville).
Duffy's departure had been expected for some time. Last year, he sought a job with the Rochester Business Alliance. He since has skipped numerous opportunities to downplay scuttlebutt that he would leave the ticket. Duffy, 59, has reportedly struggled with the heavy travel schedule of the lieutenant governor.
Cuomo officials didn't immediately return calls to comment.