Robert Duffy, of Victor, recently spoke at a Victor-Farmington Rotary Club meeting.
The Rochester native is president and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as lieutenant governor in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, Rochester mayor and chief of police in Rochester.
Duffy’s presentation explored his career in public life, including politics, law enforcement, service as lieutenant governor and his current position as head of Greater Rochester Business Alliance. His initial career path was in law enforcement, resulting in him becoming chief of police in Rochester. He served as Rochester mayor in 2006-10. When Cuomo asked him to consider becoming his running mate in the 2010 gubernatorial election, he accepted that challenge and went on to serve as lieutenant governor for four years. He returned to the private sector after his term, moved to Victor and eventually accepted his current position with GRBA.
He discussed his views on education, law enforcement, taxes, maintaining a positive climate for business growth and some of the decisions he made as mayor, including the sale of the fast ferry. He expressed support for all of the law enforcement agencies and officers that serve the public, referencing his own past involvement with Rochester Police Department and New York State Police.
In the business portion of the meeting, President Jim Crane reviewed the recent District 7120 conference held in Erie, Pennsylvania. Crane, Karen Parkhurst, Russ Perrin, Galen Powers, Judy Luitweiler and Dave Luitweiler represented the club at the conference along with Rotary Youth Exchange student Guarev Revankar, of India. Over 350 Rotarians representing the 70 Rotary clubs of District 7120 gathered for the conference, including 37 Rotary Youth Exchange students.
At the conference, Rotary clubs received awards for their achievements in advancing Rotary’s five avenues of service: international service, club service, youth service, community service and vocational service. Victor-Farmington earned first place awards for vocational and club service and third place for international service.
Rotary District Gov. Tom Rogers made a special award presentation to club member Dave Luitweiler for his service as chairman of the District 7120 Governor-elect Hospitality program. This program brings incoming Rotary governors from around the world to the district for a week every January before they travel on to their training conference in San Diego.
Rotarians Kim Yourch and Paul Clark recently joined a team of volunteers made up of local service club members to work at Serenity House in Victor to spruce up the grounds and do minor house repairs for the coming year.