NEW YORK, NY (WKBW) -- Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo will announce Wednesday morning that he has selected Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy to run as his candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Duffy joined Cuomo for the announcement in Manhattan at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Duffy, who was born and raised in Rochester, has served as Mayor of the city since 2006. Before that, he served as deputy chief of police from 1992 to 1998, when he became police chief.
Eyewitness News will follow this story, and welcome your comments. The following is a release from the office of Andrew Cuomo:
CUOMO ANNOUNCES HE HAS SELECTED ROCHESTER MAYOR ROBERT DUFFY AS HIS CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Andrew Cuomo today announced that he has selected Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy to join the ticket as his candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Cuomo said Duffy’s executive experience, record of cutting government waste while maintaining the highest levels of public integrity in his administration make him ready to be Governor should the need arise.
“I am proud to announce that I have selected Robert Duffy to join the ticket as my candidate for Lieutenant Governor. In making this decision I had two criteria: First, could the person serve as governor of the State of New York? Second, has the person demonstrated competence, performance and integrity throughout their career. Robert Duffy meets both of those standards resoundingly,” Andrew Cuomo said. “What does Albany need, now? Competence, performance and integrity. And that’s what it’s going to get in Robert Duffy.”
“I am honored for the chance to ask the voters to let me serve as New York's next Lieutenant Governor. Though being Mayor is a job I love, I have accepted Attorney General Cuomo's offer to be his running mate because the enormous challenges facing our state create an even larger obligation for those of us in public service. Andrew Cuomo has the right agenda to make Albany work, to restore New York as the jobs capital of the nation, especially Upstate NY, and to get the state's fiscal house in order. I am eager to bring our message of reform, fiscal prudence, and economic opportunity to people all over the state,” Robert Duffy said.
Duffy started his career in the Rochester Police Department—moving up through the ranks until he became Deputy Police Chief in 1992. As Deputy Police Chief, Duffy gained valuable management experience, responsible for all police operations, service delivery functions and emergency response teams. In 1998, Duffy became Police Chief—successfully managing more than 800 employees and a budget of more than $45 million, while implementing innovative programs to lower crime.
Elected Mayor of Rochester in 2005—and re-elected, after running unopposed, four years later—Duffy had demanded the highest level of integrity and competence in government, and has proven himself to be a principled and effective leader dedicating himself to improving the lives of his constituents. As Mayor, Duffy has:
· Restored trust and confidence in government by creating the Office of Public Integrity to root out fraud and corruption;
· Balanced a $465 million annual budget and managed a government with more than 3,000 employees;
· Closed one of the largest budget gaps the City of Rochester has ever faced—all while reducing overall spending;
· Reduced the tax rate more than 7 percent for homeowners and more than 5.5 percent for businesses;
· Rightsized Rochester’s government, finding efficiencies that have resulted in tens of millions of dollars in annual savings;
The Brookings Institution ranked Rochester as being one of only 14 metropolitan cities in the country – and the only one in the Northeast – whose economy has ranked among the top 20 “strongest” in the U.S. in every quarter in 2009.
Born in Rochester’s Tenth Ward, Robert Duffy is a graduate of the Aquinas Institute, Monroe Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
Bob and his wife Barbara will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Bob is also a proud father of two daughters: Erin, who will turn 23 years old this year—and is a recent college graduate—works in sales at a local firm, and Shannon, who will turn 21 in August and will enter her senior year at a local college next Fall.