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Duffy dance with RBA over
Rochester, N.Y. --- At first it was called a rumor and the speculation was driven by the media but now it appears there was truth behind the rumor and speculation all along.
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy admits he did interview for the job of President and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance back on October 5th. According to a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomos Director of Communications, Melissa DeRosa, the Lt. Governor made clear approximately 10 days later that his intent is to serve out the rest of his term.
On October 18th Duffy was telling reporters that he had also heard the rumors but he otherwise dismissed the rumors and said he was with the Governor on this one.
On October 21st the current RBA President and CEO, Sandy Parker, announced that she would stay on in her role past the end of 2013. Parker had announced in May that she intended to retire.
"All the speculation about Bob has been generated by Media, Parker told 13WHAM News on the 21st.
By Wednesday the 23rd Governor Andrew Cuomo was being asked by reporters in Albany if he was aware of his #2 mans rumored interest in this job. The Governor danced around those questions but was asked point blank if he felt a conflict of interest could exist if Duffy is even exploring a job with the RBA.
Uh, I dont know anything about the Rochester Business Alliance, the Governor responded.
But the Governor surely knows about the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council as it is one of ten such councils his office formed in New York State as part of a new way award economic funding from the state.
If you include Parker there are eight board members of the RBA that also serve on the Finger Lakes Regional Council. Those include vice-chairmen Joel Seligman of the University of Rochester and Danny Wegman.
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy is the Chairman of these ten regional councils and presides over their various meetings.
In 2011 the Finger Lakes Region was awarded nearly $69 million in state funding. In 2012 the Finger Lakes Region was awarded more than any other region in New York State, more than $96 million.
To avoid even the appearance of impropriety, he has recused himself from all matters relating to the RBA and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, stated DeRosa, the Governors Director of Communications. As the Governor has previously said, we are far away from the political season and he will discuss plans for re-election and the 2014 ticket at the appropriate time.