Sunday, January 2, 2011

Split NY?

I was a little surprised when I discovered this bill, but apparently a proposal from Senator Robach (western NY), which would allow voters to opt for the division of the state is not a new bill.
Senate Bill 712, provides for a referendum on the question "Do you support the division of New York into two separate states ?" THe bill, which doesn't have a companion (yet), has been proposed at least five times since 2000.
The argument of its advocates is that there are distinct social and political concerns that divide upstate and downstate.
I'm not sure this bill reflects the message of yesterday's inauguration, which was that the ENTIRE state should rally around the new governor.
I wonder if Carl Paladino would be the governor of Upstate New York, or just Buffalo New York, because Cuomo won upstate too.
Does this proposal bother anyone else? Is anyone surprised by how common it is?

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