Steve.N wrote:I did a little poking around and according to Wikipedia the idea goes back to the turn of the 19th century. There is an interesting map showing the demarcation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U. ... s#New_York
That's an interesting article - follow one of it's links - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_secession
which puts forth the financial reasons behind the desire for secession:
"In January 2008 City Council member Vallone again offered a bill for the secession of New York City from New York state. After Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified to New York state legislators that New York City gives the state $11 billion more than it gets back, Vallone stated: "If not secession, somebody please tell me what other options we have if the state is going to continue to take billions from us and give us back pennies. Should we raise taxes some more? Should we cut services some more? Or should we consider seriously going out on our own?" The New York City council planned to hold a meeting on the topic."
"Long Island Secession
Meanwhile, on Long Island, there have been calls for Nassau and Suffolk Counties to separate from New York State as well. Suffolk County comptroller and former state assemblyman Joseph Sawicki has called for a separation of Long Island from the rest of the state, saying that the region, one of the wealthiest in the state, receives only $5,200,000,000 in state payments and pays $8,100,000,000 in taxes to the state.. Long Island even has a movement pushing for secession of the entire geographic island (Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties) from the United States. "
While I like the idea of a unified state - financially, I'd be better off without the rest of the state. Pay Pay Pay - That pretty much sums it up for me here on LI.