A Rochester business leader stays on and so, for now, does Bob Duffy

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ALBANY—Rochester Business Alliance C.E.O. Sandy Parker has announced plans to stay on a little longer, at least temporarily putting to rest a rumor involving Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor.

Parker, a regional business booster, had previously announced plans to retire at the end of the year, leading to speculation that Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy would seek to replace her, rather than running with Cuomo for re-election next year.

Neither Duffy, who was mayor of Rochester before becoming lieutenent governor, nor Cuomo would discuss their plans for next year, and Cuomo conspicuously declined to commit to Duffy when asked at an event earlier this month.

In August, Duffy bought Parker’s Keuka Lake home for $527,000.

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In a statement put out by the business group, Parker said she was staying on to oversee major projects. Last week, Duffy reiterated that any announcement about his political plans is premature.

"I'm with Governor Cuomo. I'll say this: I know a lot of rumors are abounding," Duffy told reporters in Lockport, according to WGRZ. "I'm with the governor. As we said, next year during political season, the governor's not even announced his own intentions yet."