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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo skipped a chance Thursday to say Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy would definitely be on the 2014 ticket.
Rochester media outlets have reported that there are persistent rumors that Duffy, former mayor of the city, is under consideration to lead the Rochester Business Alliance. At an appearance in Rochester earlier this week, the Democrat and Chronicle reported:
Duffy refused to discuss speculation that he plans to quit the lieutenant governorship in order to succeed Sandra Parker as CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, the local equivalent of the chamber of commerce. Parker will retire at the end of the year.
Ive heard the rumors and Im not going to comment, Duffy said.
Cuomo fielded questions about Duffy in Utica on Thursday.
According to the governor, Duffy has "done a fantastic job as lieutenant governor. But I dont want to get into the politics this year. Thats next year.