Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy won’t be joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the 2014 statewide ticket, according to a report from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

According to the paper, Duffy notified Cuomo of his plans to not run this year in a letter.

Calls and emails to Cuomo’s press office were not immediately returned to confirm the news, but the move is not wholly surprising.

Duffy last year had sought out the top post at the Rochester Business Alliance, a pro-business lobby group.

He has spent much of his time as lieutenant governor traveling the state and boosting Cuomo’s agenda in a multitude of public appearances.

The travel took a toll on his body, and Duffy has said the hours seated in a car has caused him to develop back problems.

Duffy has spent the last several months batting away any inferences he was somehow being forced off the ticket, insisting any announcement about his future on the ticket would be made jointly with Cuomo.

β€œThe governor and I are going to announce the future at some point I think in the next week or two weeks,” Duffy told reporters in Watertown last week, a timeline that matches up closely with the plans to hold a Democratic state convention in Suffolk County later this month.

Rumored replacements for Cuomo’s running mate include Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein.