WATERTOWN Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy would not say Monday whether he will be on the ticket when his boss runs for a second term as governor this fall.
In Watertown for a ceremony for the former Mercy Hospital site redevelopment, reporters asked about rumors involving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo not wanting the former Rochester mayor and police chief to join him on the ticket.
He told reporters that he and the governor will make an announcement shortly. He declined to say much more, emphasizing he would be getting ahead of myself and the governor if I said that.
Im telling you that clearly Im not being asked not to run, Mr. Duffy said. Ive enjoyed every minute with the governor; hes done a terrific job for the entire state. Were going to make our announcement, hopefully, within the next week or two weeks, he said.
Once we make that, Im happy to sit down and answer any question, Mr. Duffy said. Truth be told, its been a great experience; weve enjoyed it together, and well talk about our future, at some point, in the next week to 10 days.
Four years ago, Mr. Duffy joined the ticket to help Gov. Cuomo gain upstate support. But for weeks, Albany insiders have been saying that Mr. Cuomo plans to dump Mr. Duffy as lieutenant governor.
Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham indicated that he likes the job Mr. Duffy has done as the states second in command, saying he helped get money for the Mercy project. The mayor said hed be sorry to see him go.
On Monday, New York Post political columnist Frederic U. Dicker reported it was certain that Mr. Duffy would not be back, since he is not helping with upstate voters as the governor bids for a second four-year term. One Democratic source told Mr. Dicker he might choose a woman or a minority candidate.
State Democrats are holding their convention later this month.
Last fall, Mr. Duffy ruffled feathers by saying he would pursue a job with the Rochester Business Alliance because he wanted to return to Rochester.
Ten days later, he withdrew his name from the job as some questioned whether it was a conflict of interest to seek the job with the Chamber of Commerce organization.