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Robert J. Duffy
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Lieutenant Governor of New York
Former officeholder
In office
January 1, 2011 - January 1, 2015
PredecessorRichard Ravitch (D)
Base salary$151,500
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$530,006
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Mayor of Rochester, New York
January 1, 2006 – January 1, 2011
Bachelor'sRochester Institute of Technology (1993)
Master'sSyracuse University’s Maxwell School (1998)
Date of birthAugust 21, 1954
Place of birthRochester, New York
Office website
Robert J. Duffy (born August 21, 1954, in Rochester, N.Y.) was the 76th Lieutenant Governor of New York. A Democrat, he was elected on a ticket with Andrew Cuomo on November 2, 2010, and sworn in January 1, 2011.[1]

Although eligible for a second term as lieutenant governor, Duffy declined to run for re-election in 2014.[2] His first term ended on January 1, 2015, and he was succeeded by Kathy Hochul (D).

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 7, 2014, Duffy informed his 2010 running mate of his plans to retire as lieutenant governor upon completion of his first term, citing the job's intense travel schedule and physical tolls. Despite a favorable path to re-election alongside Cuomo in 2014, Duffy's retirement was anticipated in the months leading up to the official announcement.[2] In light of the departure of his lieutenant, Cuomo, who ran for a second term as governor in 2014, had to find a new running mate to fill Duffy's slot on the ticket before the Democratic Party's statewide nominating convention on May 21.[3] Kathy Hochul (D) was selected as Duffy's replacement, and Cuomo and Hochul won election in 2014.

Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, Duffy served as Rochester Chief of Police from 1998 to 2005. He was then elected Mayor of Rochester, serving in the role through 2010.[1]

As lieutenant governor, Duffy served as Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils. He was also Chair of the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission and played a major role in the Mandate Relief Council.[1]

An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper City and State ranked Duffy as number 100.[4]


Duffy was an officer with the Rochester Police Department from 1976 to 2005. He served as deputy chief of police from 1992 to 1998 and as chief of police from 1998 to 2005. In 2005 he entered politics when he was elected as the mayor of Rochester.[5]


  • MA, Public Administration, Syracuse University, 1998
  • B.A., Business Management/Criminal Justice/Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1993
  • Associate's, Criminal Justice, 1988
  • Associate's, Recreation Management, 1975

Political career

New York Lieutenant Governor (2011-2015)

Duffy served one term as New York Lieutenant Governor from 2011 to 2015. He was first elected on a ticket with Andrew Cuomo in 2010, and assumed office the following January. Duffy opted not to seek re-election as lieutenant governor in 2014, and retired from office January 1, 2015. He was succeeded by Kathy Hochul, Cuomo's pick for Duffy's replacement on the 2014 ticket.[6]

Mayor of Rochester (2006–2011)

Duffy served as the Mayor of Rochester, New York, from January 1, 2006, to January 1, 2011.



See also: New York Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Though early reports indicated that Duffy was planning to team up again with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election in 2014, Duffy announced in May 2014 that he would retire as Lieutenant Governor of New York after his first term. The announcement was made the same month as the New York Democratic nominating convention, leaving Cuomo little time to recruit a replacement running mate.[2][3] Cuomo selected former congresswoman Kathy Hochul to take Duffy's place on the ticket, and won the general election on November 4, 2014. Hochul succeeded Duffy on January 1, 2015.

In October 2013 there were rumors that Duffy might take a job leading the Rochester Business Alliance. On October 25, Duffy admitted he was interviewed for the position on October 5 and did not inform Gov. Cuomo, but said he withdrew his name voluntarily over potential ethics issues. As Lieutenant Governor he is head of the state's economic development efforts and 10 regional development councils. The Rochester Business Alliance is a member of one of these councils, leading some to question the ethics of Duffy considering the position.[7]

In a statement issued October 28, state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox called on Gov. Cuomo's anti-corruption panel to investigate Duffy. “The only way to determine whether or not the state’s second ranking public official committed an ethics violation is for the Moreland Commission to conduct a thorough investigation,” he wrote.[8]


See also: New York lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Duffy ran on a ticket with Andrew Cuomo in 2010. Duffy defeated Gregory Edwards (R), Alden Link (L), Gloria Mattera (G), Tanya Gendelman (Anti-Prohibition) and Eva Doyle (Freedom) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

New York Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo/Robert Duffy 61% 2,910,876
     Republican Carl Paladino/Gregory Edwards 32.5% 1,547,857
     Green Howie Hawkins/Gloria Mattera 1.3% 59,906
     Rent is 2 Damn High Jimmy McMillan/No candidate 0.9% 41,129
     Libertarian Warren Redlich/Alden Link 1% 48,359
     Anti-Prohibition Kristin Davis/Tanya Gendelman 0.4% 20,421
     Freedom Charles Barron/Eva Doyle 0.5% 24,571
     Blank - 2.3% 107,823
     Void - 0.1% 3,963
     Scattering - 0.1% 4,836
Total Votes 4,769,741
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Duffy is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Duffy raised a total of $530,006 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[9]

Robert Duffy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NY Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $407,606
2010 NY Lieutenant Governor Won $122,400
Grand Total Raised $530,006


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Duffy married his wife Barbara in 1985. They have two daughters.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Ravitch (D)
Lieutenant Governor of New York
2011 - 2015
Succeeded by
Kathy Hochul (D)