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New York’s lieutenant governor won’t run again

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term.

Duffy announced his decision in a letter to Cuomo that was first reported by the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. The 59-year-old former Rochester mayor cited the job’s travel demands and a desire to spend more time with family. Duffy wrote that he’s proud of the administration’s accomplishments, particularly its work to boost the upstate economy.

The announcement comes two weeks before Democrats hold their nominating convention on Long Island.

Cuomo is widely expected to tap a running mate from western New York or Long Island. Possibilities include Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (HOE-kuhl) of Buffalo and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

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