Updated 05/26/2010 09:56 PM
Cuomo Names Mayor Duffy as Running Mate
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Andrew Cuomo made it official: Wednesday morning; the candidate for governor introduced Mayor Bob Duffy as his choice for lieutenant governor.
"Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy is that person," Cuomo said in New York City, before introducing Duffy. Cuomo said that in his position as attorney general, he has worked with Mayor Duffy several times, and that Duffy has proven himself over and over again.
Cuomo also said that Duffy is the best choice for governor if something were to happen to Cuomo himself.
"Mayor Duffy's priorities in Rochester are the same priorities that I have in the state of New York. He has done in Rochester what we need to do in New York state. Get our fiscal house in order, consolidate government, focus on economic development and bring 100 percent integrity and honor back to government."
"I feel so personally aligned with what he's trying to do," said Duffy. "I feel so personally aligned with his philosophies. The ag has talked about trust and fiscal responsibilities, about restoring trust and integrity. And as a mayor for the last four-plus years, I've seen firsthand the failures we've seen in this state."
Duffy had been mentioned for a while as the top name for Cuomo's potential lieutenant governor candidate. Political correspondents at the Democratic Convention Tuesday night said the convention was "abuzz" with Duffy's name.
Other names mentioned included Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, but in the end Cuomo chose Duffy.
Just a couple of hours after the announcement Wednesday morning, Democrats at the state convention in Rye Brook took a vote on Mayor Duffy.
It was a unanimous endorsement for Rochester's mayor for the assembled Democrats from across New York State.
While Duffy has the backing of his party, he could still face a primary challenge.
Bill Samuels, a Democratic activist and businessman raised in the Rochester area, is also seeking the office.
Rochesterians React to Duffy Announcement
Local residents and leaders reacted to Andrew Cuomo's pick of Mayor Bob Duffy to run for lieutenant governor.
Charlie Bliss has known Duffy for 16 years. The city inspector thinks Duffy has done a good job.
"He's already done a good job in the areas he's been in, so I figure he'll just carry on," Bliss said.
Dave Wilkinson, a Republican electrical inspector from Irondequoit, didn't like the way the city was going, so he volunteered for Duffy's campaign for mayor.
"It's like a football game, Wilkinson said. "He's moved the ball, OK? and consistently. He's a fair man."
"Having someone in Rochester who can emphasize the needs of the Upstate community in the governor's office will be a great addition,” said Michael Coons, who works in Rochester.
"I think Duffy was good but new change is good because you never know what (he) will bring that Duffy didn't so I think it'll be nice for a new mayor,” said Fiona McFadden from Rochester. "I would want them to look at the community and violence on the streets because we have a lot."
"I think Duffy has been good, I am surprised he picked him a way but I think it is good it'll be good for the state,” said Joe Miles from Fairport.
Some passersby had other comments, including "We'll miss Bob Duffy."
It remains to be seen what it means for Rochester.