(WKBW) — You can now sign a petition to split the state of New York into three autonomous regions.
State Assemblymember David DiPietro (R,C,I-East Aurora) created the petition .
The petition says that a lot of taxes from upstate New York are being invested into New York City. “New York City has taxed us out of our homes and our businesses. Our values are ignored and our resources are shipped downstate where we never see the benefits.”
A state Assemblyman from Western New York is revisiting the often-repeated idea of dividing up New York to better reflect the differences between the New York City area and the broad Upstate New York region. But this time, the proposition makes a case for a third region.
Assemblyman David DiPietro, a Republican from East Aurora, has created a petition at SplitTheState.com to garner support for his idea to turn New York into three autonomous regions, while still keeping it one state. The regions would be:
New York – Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond counties
Montauk – Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester counties
New Amsterdam – every county north of Westchester County
A state lawmaker from upstate New York has proposed splitting the state into three self-governing regions, while still remaining one state.
Republican Assemblyman David DiPietro of East Aurora introduced the bill last month to “finally unshackle the regions of New York that are subjected to decisions and rule from New York City,” according to a news release. The proposal would amend the state’s constitution to set up one autonomous region for New York City’s five boroughs, a second for the rest of Long Island and suburban Rockland and Westchester counties, and then a third region for all of upstate New York.
“It’s time to let people go their own way,” DiPietro said in a statement. “Upstate New Yorkers and Long Islanders have long been subjected to the whim of New York City politicians who don’t understand our way of life.”