SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- One day after Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would not offer his endorsement, the state's Lieutenant Governor says he's not getting involved in the three way democratic primary for mayor of Syracuse.
Robert Duffy offered a warm greeting to Mayor Stephanie Miner at ceremonies at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, but no formal endorsement for her re-election bid. Duffy, who is a former Rochester Mayor, has endorsed his successor in a primary battle in that city.
The lack of endorsement has again raised questions about the relationship of the Governor and mayor after a very public spat over pension reform, earlier this year. Duffy downplays any tensions.
"The Governor's the kind of person who, if he had something to say, he would say it directly to the mayor and I think the mayor has acknowledge that these two have had, certainly had, pleasant discussions. And I have not, ever, heard the Governor disparage the mayor or say something negative," said Duffy.
Duffy says he'll leave decisions on endorsements up to the Governor.