Sandy Parker said there were several reasons why she decided to wait and delay her retirement. She cited among them, a likely change in leadership of the city. She did not say it had anything to do with the current lieutenant governor.
Parker was supposed to leave by the end of this year but said there is still unfinished advocacy work she'd like to do. There are developments at Eastman Business Park and she's concerned about the the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
Also weighing in on her decision she said, is who's next in City Hall.
"I think there's a lot of great economic development activity downtown and I think that's important for the community. I hope that continues, and any influence RBA can have in terms of helping to make sure that progress does continue with the developers in town, I think it's important for the community overall,"said Parker. "I have a good relationship with the current mayor. I have a good relationship with Lovely Warren."
Parker said no one came to her and asked her to stay – she said it was her idea.
She said one thing that did not factor into this decision was Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy. Rumors and reports have been swirling that he was interested in the RBA job, and looking to come back home to Rochester. That would mean of course, he'd be off the Cuomo 2014 ticket.
Parker calls this all a "media-generated" issue. She said she has had nothing to do with picking a successor for her job and while she has been friends with Duffy and his wife for more than two decades, his circumstances did not weigh in on her decision.
"I very deliberately said I'm staying out of the selection process. I had conversations with the selection committee relative to the profile of the person, the parameters, some of the the criteria I think the person needed, and strongly urged the person be a local person," explained Parker. "I don't know how many times they've met. I don't know how many applications they received."
When asked if she had spoken to Duffy and asked him if he was interested in the job she said, "No, do not know that."
Parker said she will still retire in 2014 and while she does not have a definitive date, she knows she won't be staying the entire year.
She said once again, she will not be a part of picking the next person for RBA's top job.