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Duffy will not run again for lieutenant governor

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has less than two weeks to find another running mate in his bid for a second term.  Robert Duffy advised the governor he will not be part of the ticket in this year’s election.

“I am writing to inform you that after extensive contemplation and with mixed emotions I have decided not to seek re-election as Lieutenant Governor of New York State,” Duffy said, in communicating his intention to Cuomo.   “This is a decision I have not arrived at lightly.  I am profoundly grateful to you for providing me with this extraordinary opportunity to serve the people of New York State and to be a part of your team, which I consider to be the most accomplished administration in the nation.”

Cuomo expressed respect.

“Bob has not just been a great partner in governing our state – he has also been a true friend,” Cuomo said on Thursday.  “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.”

State Democrats gather in less than two weeks to pick candidates for the fall election.