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Senator proposes splitting New York into Upstate, Downstate

February 24, 2019 - 4:26 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Would you like to see New York broken into two states? An Upstate Republican is proposing just that.

Sen. Daphne Jordan, who represents a suburban-rural district in eastern New York, has proposed legislation that would fund a study into the short-term and long-term cost of separating New York City and the surrounding areas from the rest of the state.

The bill Jordan introduced last week would look at the pros and cons of creating an Upstate and Downstate. Downstate would include the city, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties, while Upstate would include the remaining 53 counties. 

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"This legislation would create a working group that would study the short and long term economic ramifications, including economic opportunities, of splitting the state," the bill says. "It would also examine the legal ramifications and precedents for dividing the State into two parts, and would determine the 'up front cost' of doing so, such as creating two new State government apparatuses."

Supporters of the idea have pointed to the growing divide between the two regions’ political and social leanings.

It’s a top that has come up before but has gotten absolutely nowhere.

A 1010 WINS Twitter poll earlier this month found 56 percent of users wanted to split the state, while 44 percent wanted to keep it as is.