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“If she backs down, then she will look weak,” said Democratic strategist Na’ilah Amaru, former executive director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus. “Then it becomes a calculation of do you want to look weak, or do you want to be politically productive with your partners in state?”

Hochul, she added, is “someone with an incredible amount of power wasting a lot of political capital on a decision that ultimately doesn’t make a lot of difference in terms of her governance but could hurt her politically.”

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