The implication that we're not willing to fight is disconcerting, to say the least.
It's a tactical withdrawl. Tried and true method. Abandon the indefensible position and fall back to a prepared position to your rear.
New York is past help. The best way that you can "help" it is to leave, take your economic and intellectual value elsewhere, and let it continue to fail until it fails completely. At least then it can stand as a bad example. No reason to suffer thru it in person when you can simply watch the script play out on the stage in front of you.