Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy isn't commenting on a published report that his pursuit of the top job with the Rochester Business Alliance raised concerns he was potentially violating the Public Officers Law by not informing the governor and recusing himself from western New York economic development matters.
Two unnamed people close to the Rochester business community tell The Albany Times Union that Cuomo's staff indirectly urged the RBA search committee not to announce Duffy as their choice to replace Sandra Parker.
Cuomo's communication director, Melissa DeRosa, confirmed for the newspaper that Duffy interviewed with the RBA on October 5 but she says he took himself out of the running 10 days later after reconsidering. DeRosa denied the administration persuaded him to pull out.
The search committee chairman, Edward Pettinella, told the Times Union, "My sense is nobody came to the search committee -— we're in the human capital business."
Parker announced Monday she is postponing her depature from the RBA.