City & State ranked Duffy 100th in its “Albany Power 100” list. Here’s what it said:
The former mayor of Rochester is in a largely symbolic role now, standing in for the governor at ribbon-cutting ceremonies and serving as Cuomo’s personal cheerleader. But he could be the next David Paterson. You never know.
Ouch. Mayor Tom Richards said the characterization is not fair, as Duffy has steered the Regional Economic Development Councils. Richards also said Duffy is very involved in helping Rochester in any way he can.
Guess who is near the top of the City & State list? Assemblyman Joe Morelle, now the assembly’s second-in-command:
He doesn’t seek the spotlight, but he’s become a favorite of the governor and Assembly members on both sides of the aisle. If Shelly ever calls it quits, Morelle would be the clear choice to be the next Speaker if he weren’t from upstate New York. Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party, he is a juggernaut in his area, even recently electing his son Joe Jr. to the county legislature.
Links of the Day:
– The state is threatening to close a Buffalo charter school. This is the downside of experimenting with children’s education. When it doesn’t work, it’s very disruptive.
– When the president of the Auburn Teachers Association killed herself, the union found $808,000 missing.
-The Syracuse city school district wants to open a school for gifted students.