Robert J. Duffy, the Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, stopped in to ProLiteracy on September 18 for a tour of the new facilities and to learn more about the Near West Side. Duffy was accompanied by Syracuse University Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor and other SU staff, as well as representatives from the Near Westside Initiative, CenterState CEO, and the State of New York.
As Lieutenant Governor, Duffy chairs the Regional Economic Development Councils, helping to implement the state’s economic development agenda. He also chairs the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, overseeing an effort that seeks to make the New York State government more modern, accountable, and efficient.
Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, Duffy served as the Mayor of the City of Rochester from 2006 through 2010, where he was widely recognized for navigating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression by reducing the cost of government, improving services, lowering tax rates, and attracting millions of dollars in private-sector investments. Prior to his service as Mayor, Duffy served as Rochester’s Chief of Police from 1998 until 2005.
Photo caption: Robert Simpson, President and CEO of CenterState CEO; Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University; Robert J. Duffy, Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York; and Mark Cass, Vice President of Programs, ProLiteracy