Relax.

That’s the short version of the message former LG Bob Duffy sent to those in Rochester and Buffalo who are concerned about some of the negative attention alleged bid-rigging and corruption charges could have on two multi-million dollar local projects.

“I do understand the concern; I certainly understand the optics and perceptions,” said Duffy during a CapTon interview last night.

Now the CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the American Institute for Manufacturing Photonics Leadership Council, Duffy finds himself in a familiar role of cheerleader-in-chief. Following the resignation of head of SUNY Polytechnic, Alain Kaloyeros, the administrator of the photonics investment in the wake of charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, Duffy urged calm.

“I think people should just stand by,” he said. “The criminal justice system for anything that pops up will run its course.”

Despite reports that one the companies set to make an investment may be rethinking its move to Rochester, Duffy insisted the project is full steam ahead with or without “Photonica.”

“I’m not sure how strong that deal was in the first place,” he said. “We certainly welcome Photonica to come, but they are not the foundation of the Photonics TAP facility in Rochester.”

The testing and packaging (TAP) facility is still on track to be built by summer 2017, and Duffy expressed confidence that corrective actions being taken by Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky will bring companies like Phontonica back into the fold.

“There may be some projects that were promised down the road that maybe were not well-funded,” Duffy said. “And I have confidence now that the governor’s team – and specifically Howard Zemsky, who is an accomplished private sector business leader, somebody that I have great respect for and great trust in – he’s evaluating all these contracts now to make sure the ones in place are funded, that they are appropriate, that there are no issues whatsoever.”

Duffy was on his way out the door when several Buffalo Billion related projects went out to bid. When asked specifically about Bharara’s allegations related to the awarding of contracts in the SolarCity project at Buffalo’s Riverbend, Duffy backed his former boss.

“I never at any time in my tenure saw, heard or felt anything inappropriate, illegal, anything having to do with corruption – and you know what? I have pretty good instincts,” the former LG insisted. “Quite frankly, I’ve never been involved in a scandal. I would’ve walked away in a heartbeat if that were the case. I never saw that.”

In the meantime, Duffy hopes skills that served him well during his decades in public life – his ability to read the room, and his personal skills – will buy the state and those in the private sector a little more time to work things out.

“Everybody just relax,” he said. “Have faith that the right things will be done. If things are appropriate, they’ll move on unimpeded without any question and if there are issues along the way, it gives the governor’s team a chance to step in and fix those and get back on track.”