New York Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy tells us any discussion about his political future will have to wait until next year.
Some have speculated Duffy was offered the top job at the Rochester Business Alliance, replacing the retiring director Sandy Parker.
Duffy said Wednesday if he ran for re-election, it would be with the governor, but since Governor Cuomo hasn't said what his plans are for next year's race, Duffy said discussion about his role would be premature.
He went on to say:
"The governor and I both feel strongly that political discussions can interfere with our governing and we have much more important work to do before next year’s political calendar commences.
The governor and I have developed a great working relationship as well as a deep personal friendship over these past three years and our administration is performing well and still getting stronger."
As far as possible replacements on the Democratic ticket next year, Buffalo mayor Byron Brown has been named a possibility, according to reports. He was also considered for the post in 2010 when Cuomo ultimately chose Duffy.
Brown says he has not been approached by the governor about the possibility of becoming his running mate.
"I have not been contacted. I work closely with Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy. My only focus is continuing the progress that we're seeing in Buffalo," said Mayor Brown, D-Buffalo.
Last week when Cuomo was asked about Duffy's role in the future, Cuomo said he wanted to "leave the politics to next year."