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New York's presidential primary date will give it extra clout at convention

New York’s compliance with party goals for the 2020 presidential primary process will boost its delegation to the second most powerful at the Democratic National Convention, state Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said Wednesday.

In a telephone interview from Albany, Jacobs said the New York delegation will arrive in Milwaukee next year with 327 delegates, second only to California’s 495, as a result of gaining 81 "bonus" delegates.

"We got a 10% increase because we selected a primary date in April and another 15% bonus because we will be in sync with neighboring states of Pennsylvania and Connecticut," he said, noting the desire of state leaders to exert early influence via an April 28 primary.

"It really puts us in a great position at the convention, if things get sticky," he said.

Jacobs said he remains neutral in the presidential race at this point, despite the candidacies of two New Yorkers – Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"As state chairman, Nassau County chairman and a [Democratic National Committee] member, I will wait and see," he said, acknowledging that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has expressed enthusiasm for former Vice President Joe Biden in early discussions.

"What the governor looks to do I will pay attention to, certainly," Jacobs said. "Right now, I will hold my powder."

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