AG Andrew Cuomo (D) “announced that he has selected” Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy (D) “to be his runningmate.” Duffy “missed a key event” 5/25 and “what appears to be his car has bee parked in a city space at the Rochester airport since” 5/25.
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Monroe Co. Dem Chair/Assemb. Joseph Morelle (D): “Bob Duffy’s extraordinary commitment, understanding and proven record as Mayor of Rochester will be of great service to Andrew Cuomo and his visionary plan for change” (Terreri, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 5/26).
Cuomo planned to “formally announced” Duffy in Manhattan 5/26 (NY1, 5/26). Capital Tonight’s Benjamin writes that a source she spoke with “in the Rochester area” called Duffy “‘squeaky clean.’ He has been locked in a local battle of late over trying to take control of the public school system” but “other than that, there’s been no huge controversy” in his admin (“State of Politics”, 5/26).
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The NY Independence exec. cmte “endorsed’ Cuomo 5/25. Cuomo: “This campaign is all about changing Albany. We need to try a different way … the different way for me is to build support among the people of New York.” NY Independence Chair Frank MacKay: “The executive committee is overwhelmingly supporting, unanimously supporting, Attorney Andrew Cuomo for the next governor of New York. We think he is the independent voice that will take New york out of this current crisis. His reform agenda is outstanding” (Pasko, Troy Record, 5/26).
Cuomo “sees no problems accepting the backing” of the party “despite the fact that the party activities are being probed” by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. Vance is investigating a “mysterious” $750K “campaign contributions” made by NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I) to the party “that would up in the hands of GOP consultant John Haggerty.”
Cuomo: “I don’t believe there is an investigation of the Independence Party. I believe there’s an investigation of an individual. I don’t believe there’s an investigation of the Independence Party. … That investigation, to the best I have read in the newspapers, that investigation did not involve or suggest wrongdoing by the Independence Party as an entity. It was focusing on an individual and we’ll see what happens with that investigation” (Blain, “The Daily Politics”, New York Daily News, 5/25).
Cuomo, “when asked directly if the endorsement posed any conflicts”: “Not today” (Blaine/Saltonstall, New York Daily News, 5/26).
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