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Duffy will not seek re-election

New York -- Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy will not be seeking re-election.

Duffy confirmed his decision to 13WHAM News Wednesday night. He said he will serve out the remainder of his term, which runs through the remainder of 2014.

"It's a life decision," Duffy told 13WHAM's Norma Holland. "It's not a political decision; it's not a job decision."

Duffy was inaugurated as the 76th lieutenant governor back in January 2011. He said he wants to spend more time at home with his family.

"When I joined the governor four years ago, he knew I had no inclination to run for statewide office myself or seek a political career. I joined him because he asked me to join him," Duffy said. "Life is precious, and do I want to spend it in one place with my family, or do I do something where I'm traveling, or do I want to look back and maybe not be happy with being away so much?"

Prior to his current role, Duffy served as mayor of Rochester from 2006 to 2010 and was the city's police chief from 1998 to 2005.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a statement: 

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 Citys 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 Yorks 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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