For as long as I can remember I’ve joked about the idea of annexing NYC off onto NJ and letting them have ’em. This morning I was tipped off by RochesterConservative’s link to the Times Union article “The war between the state“:
Should upstate New York go its own way? And what would we call ourselves — Upstatonia? Newer York? Adirondackiana?
These are just a few of the questions raised by a bill recently introduced by a handful of Republican state senators calling for a referendum that would ask, “Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?”
The bill, which you can read in its entirety after the jump, is co-sponsored by Joseph Robach (R-56th District), William Larkin (R-39th District), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-61st District), James Seward (R-51st District) and Dale Volker (R-59th District). Coincidentally, all are upstate legislators and represent largely rural districts.
The idea of a divided New York is not a new notion.
Just off the top of our heads, we can think of a few implications of upstate becoming the 51st state — and we’re assuming that’s how it would be done geographically, as opposed to, say, drawing the border down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
- Republicans would almost certainly find themselves back in power positions.
- The governor of upstate would probably do most of his work at the Capitol.
- The New York Times would need a new city to kick around in its editorial headlines (e.g. today’s MTA-related “Thanks a lot, Albany”).
- The members of the Long Island branch of the state GOP would find themselves feeling very, very lonely.
- The so-called “Bear Mountain Pact” — the unspoken rule that, y’know, what happens in Albany stays in Albany — would have to be renegotiated.
We’ve called Robach’s office for more background.Introduced by Sens. ROBACH, LARKIN, RANZENHOFER, SEWARD, VOLKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections AN ACT to provide for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states?"; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. At the request of the county legislature or other similar 2 governing body of any county, there shall be submitted by the board of 3 elections of such county to the voters of such county at a general 4 election held on or before December 31, 2010 the following question: "Do 5 you support the division of New York into two separate states?" 6 § 2. Such question shall be submitted in the manner provided in the 7 election law, and the provisions of such law, not inconsistent with this 8 act, relating to the submission of and to the taking, counting and 9 returning of the vote and canvassing the results upon a question submit- 10 ted pursuant to law to the voters of the state shall apply to the ques- 11 tion herein required to be submitted. The ballots shall be in such form 12 as prescribed by such law. When a board of elections shall have 13 completed its canvass of the results of the vote upon such question, it 14 shall forthwith certify the results of the vote upon such question to 15 the secretary of the senate and clerk of the assembly. 16 § 3. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire January 17 1, 2011 when upon such date the provisions of this act shall be deemed 18 repealed.
Well, I for one am quite interested to see where this goes. If nothing else, it’ll be entertaining to seem my fellow New Yorkers get their dander up.
Oo, here’s an idea! Let’s join Vermont in seceding! 😀
Ahem. That comment probably just got me on some government list if I wasn’t already on one. Oops.