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For Hochul, shooting in Buffalo is a tragedy for his hometown

One of Ms. Hochul’s top priorities for the region is to address racial and economic inequalities that have been exacerbated by a stretch of freeway that has been built across the East Side. Ms Hochul is spearheading a plan to reconnect neighborhoods divided by the Kensington Freeway more than 60 years ago, saying last month there was $1 billion available in federal and state funds to a project to potentially cover the highway, or part of it.

“She’s from the suburbs, but by no means is she a stranger to this part of town,” said State Sen. Sean Ryan, a Democrat who represents parts of the city’s West Side. “She’s a known commodity in terms of on-court boots at neighborhood centers.”

The mass shooting came as the New York governor’s primary, scheduled for June 28, looms on the horizon.

Ms. Hochul has amassed a gargantuan $20 million war chest and a huge advantage in the polls, but her campaign has failed in recent weeks, battered by the arrest of her lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin, on corruption charges. , and criticism of a deal she made to subsidize the construction of a new football stadium for the Buffalo Bills with taxpayer money.

Like many Democrats across the country, Ms. Hochul had recently turned her attention to the likelihood of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, radically reshaping the national landscape of women’s health care. Ms. Hochul began speaking more extensively about making New York a haven for reproductive rights, promising to enshrine abortion rights in state law and use her executive power to create a fund of 35 million dollars to support abortion providers.

His campaign released a television ad this week that underscored its commitment to the issue, even as the aftermath of the shooting has topped most of its public agenda.

And on Monday, Ms. Hochul took the stage with Mr. Biden at a community center, seeking to draw parallels between Buffalo and the president’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She said both leaders were used to their hometowns failing to get the “respect” they deserved.

“I’m a Buffalo girl and I’m so proud to be governor,” she said ahead of the president’s remarks. “But right now, I’m a Buffalo girl.”

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