ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has announced he won't seek a second term.
Duffy notified Cuomo of his intentions in a letter first reported by the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. The 59-year-old former Rochester mayor cites the travel demands of his current job and a desire to spend more time with his family.
The announcement comes two weeks before Democrats gather on Long Island to nominate candidates for the fall elections.
Cuomo is widely expected to tap a running mate from western New York or Long Island. Potential candidates include Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul of Buffalo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone or Joanie Mahoney, the Republican county executive of Onondaga County.