Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he hasn’t had any conversations with his second-in-command about pursuing a Rochester-area business job, calling it a “political discussion” that will be had next year.
Speaking to reporters in Albany, Cuomo said he’s told Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy that they’ll talk about their re-election plans next year, echoing comments both he and Duffy have made in recent days.
When asked specifically if he and Duffy had discussed the lieutenant governor’s interest—or lack thereof—in a job with the Rochester Business Alliance, Cuomo said: “No.” Sandra Parker, president and CEO of the RBA, this week delayed her pending retirement, which had been set for the end of the year.
“I said to the lieutenant governor that we’ll have our political conversation next year,” Cuomo said. “You know me, I tend to be very disciplined about these things. Politics is next year and we’ll talk about the politics when we are in the political season next year.”
Cuomo was asked whether it would be a conflict of interest if Duffy was pursuing the RBA gig, to which he repeated his wish to discuss politics next year. Earlier Wednesday, Duffy wouldn’t say whether he had interviewed with the business group.
“I don’t know anything about the Rochester Business Alliance,” Cuomo said. “I’ll have my conversation with the lieutenant governor next year when I’ve made my political decisions and we’re in the political season.”