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“Hochul’s push may cost her politically, said Democratic strategist Na’ilah Amaru, former executive director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus.

Hochul committed to an open, transparent governance, but “Albany works by cutting deals in closed rooms,” Amaru said. When Cuomo was faced with such roadblocks, he found a way out in private negotiations, she said.

“He understood the game. He understood power and how to use it,” she said. Hochul “is learning in a very public way that looks bad.”

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