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Cuomo reacts to Duffy's decision to exit statewide post



   Here is Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's official statement following today's announcement by Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy that he will not seek re-election this year:

   “Over the course of his distinguished career, Robert Duffy has shown an unparalleled commitment to improving the lives of those around him. A longtime police officer, he climbed through the ranks to become chief of police for the City of Rochester and worked tirelessly to keep communities in his hometown safe. After being elected to serve as the mayor of Rochester, he continued to fight crime while also taking steps to improve the City’s education system.
   "And over the past few years as lieutenant governor, Bob has carried the mantle of progress and opportunity to every corner of this state. From bringing new focus to the upstate economy to leading the Regional Economic Development Councils, few people have traveled more miles, heard from more New Yorkers, or had a greater impact on this state than Bob Duffy. My administration and all of New York owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude.
   “Bob has not just been a great partner in governing our state – he has also been a true friend. I have said repeatedly that asking Bob to be New York’s lieutenant governor was the first and best decision I made since running for governor, and that statement remains true today. I am deeply grateful for his service and friendship and I look forward to working together in the years ahead. I wish him and his family all the best.”

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