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Robert Duffy (politician)

Robert John Duffy
Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Preceded by Richard A. Ravitch
Succeeded by Kathy Hochul
65th Mayor of Rochester
In office
January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by William A. Johnson, Jr.
Succeeded by Thomas S. Richards
Chief of the Rochester Police Department
In office
March 23, 1998 – April 1, 2005
Preceded by Robert S. Warshaw
Succeeded by Cedric L. Alexander
Personal details
Born (1954-08-21) August 21, 1954
Rochester, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barbara Duffy
Children Erin and Shannon Duffy
Alma mater Monroe Community College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Syracuse University
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert John "Bob" Duffy (born August 21, 1954) is a Democratic politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 2011 to 2014 and also served as mayor of Rochester, New York from 2006 to 2010. Earlier in his career Duffy worked as a police officer in Rochester, rising to the positions of deputy chief (1992–98) and chief (1998–2005). He was elected the 65th mayor of the city in November 2005, took office on January 1, 2006 and was re-elected in 2009 (unopposed) for a term scheduled to end in 2013.

In May 2010, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo selected Duffy as his running mate in the race for Governor.[1] Cuomo and Duffy were elected in November 2010 for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2011.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Law enforcement career 2
  • Mayor of Rochester 3
    • Campaign 3.1
    • Administration 3.2
  • Lieutenant Governor of New York 4
  • Personal 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Duffy was born to Catherine Cuddihy and Cornelius Duffy and raised in Rochester. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic grammar school, graduated from the Aquinas Institute in 1972, He earned an associate degree in Recreational Leadership from Monroe Community College in 1975, and another associate degree in Criminal Justice from the same school in 1988.[2][3] He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1993 and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1998.[4]

Law enforcement career

Duffy joined the Rochester Police Department in 1976 and rose to sergeant in 1985 and lieutenant in 1989, serving in several patrol units, the Tactical Unit, the Field Inspection Section, and the Criminal Investigation Section.[5] He was promoted to captain in January 1992 and deputy chief of operations five months later. He was sworn in as the chief of police in 1998[6] after his predecessor, Robert Warshaw, was appointed Associate Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.[7]

Mayor of Rochester



Police appointments
Preceded by
Robert S. Warshaw
Chief of the Rochester Police Department
March 23, 1998 – April 1, 2005
Succeeded by
Cedric L. Alexander (interim)
Political offices
Preceded by
William A. Johnson, Jr.
Mayor of Rochester, New York
January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2010
Succeeded by
Thomas S. Richards (interim)
Preceded by
Richard A. Ravitch
Lieutenant Governor of New York
January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2014
Succeeded by
Kathy Hochul
  • Robert J. Duffy Administration 2006-2010, City of Rochester website

External links

  1. ^ Gershman, Jacob. Cuomo Picks Rochester Mayor as Running Mate The Wall Street Journal. 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Robert Duffy Timeline".  
  3. ^ "MCC Foundation Hall of Fame".  
  4. ^ a b "Duffy makes a run for it in N.Y.C.",  
  5. ^ "Duffy picked as city's police chief",  
  6. ^ "Robert Duffy takes oath as police chief",  
  8. ^ "Duffy will be off-duty if he runs for office, mayor says",  
  9. ^ "Police chief's timing under fire",  
  10. ^ "Chief Duffy retires; mayoral bid likely",  
  11. ^ Santos, Fernanda (2007-05-26), "Two Failures Do Not End Dreams of a Rochester-to-Toronto Ferry",  
  12. ^ McLendon, Gary. Mayor Robert Duffy welcomes ideas on schools. Democrat and Chronicle. 5 May 2010.
  13. ^ Hakim, Danny (2010-05-26), "With Cuomo, a Mayor With an Eye on Education",  
  14. ^ Barron, James (2010-11-03), "In New York, Cuomo Wins Easily",  
  15. ^ Roberts, Sam (2010-11-04), "Big Margin for Cuomo, but Short of Historic",  
  16. ^ Confessore, Nicholas (2010-11-11), "Cuomo Names Transition Team and Panels, Spotlighting a Hope for Broad Support",  
  17. ^ Sharp, Brian (May 8, 2014). "'"Bob Duffy: 'I made my decision.  


He married his wife, Barbara, in 1986, and raised two daughters, Erin and Shannon. One of Duffy's hobbies is running - he has run in the New York City Marathon.[4]


On May 8, 2014, Duffy announced he would not seek re-election as Lieutenant Governor, citing health reasons.[17]

In May 2010, Duffy was picked by Cuomo to be the lieutenant gubernatorial nominee.[13] They won on November 2, 2010[14] with 62% of the vote.[15] Cuomo subsequently named Duffy director of his transition team.[16]

Lieutenant Governor of New York

In December 2009 Duffy proposed to abolish the Rochester Board of Education and placing governance of the city's public school system directly under the mayor and city council, a system similar to the school governance structure in New York City, Chicago, and Cleveland. Opinion polls taken during 2010 indicated that a majority was in favor of the idea. The plan is still on the table and awaiting approval by the State Legislature a year after it was originally proposed.[12]

During the opening months of his administration, Mayor Duffy closed down the fast ferry service across Lake Ontario between Toronto and Rochester.[11]


Duffy retired as Chief to run in the Democratic Primary for Mayor in 2005.[10]


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