Local assemblyman touts plan to split New York into 3 regions

Local assemblyman touts plan to split New York into 3 regions

Assemblyman DiPietro introduced a bill in March that would split the state. He says the bill would be beneficial financially for counties outside New York City.

October 3, 2019 | WGRZ-TV

BUFFALO, N.Y. — We’ve heard this idea before, but another local lawmaker is getting behind it: splitting New York State into three regions.

It’s an idea Assemblyman Dave DiPietro says is long overdue. 

“We have different morals, different values, different lifestyles around the state, and one box does not fit everyone,” DiPietro said.

DiPietro introduced a bill back in March that would split the state. He says the bill would be beneficial financially for counties outside New York City.

And says he’s recently gotten a lot of support both from his colleagues in the State Assembly and from people here in Western New York

“It’s gone viral. I get calls. I get hundred and hundreds of emails,” DiPietro said.

Here’s how it would work.

The bill would split New York State into three regions:

  • The New York Region, including The Bronx, Kings and Queens and Richmond
  • The Montauk region, made up of Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties
  • And the New Amsterdam Region, which would be everything north of Westchester County.

Under the plan, Congressman and Senators would remain the same. But each region would have its own governor and legislative body, which would meet during the first three months of the year. 

Different variations of this idea have come up in the past, but so far nothing has come to a vote.

A few years ago, Assemblyman Stephen Hawley proposed splitting the state into two parts. 

But he also proposed letting the public vote on the idea before taking any legislative action. 

DiPietro was told under his new plan the whole region would turn red. Did he think this is a partisan issue? 

“No. The fact is you have an immense region with the concentration of 50 square miles controlling the entire state,” he said.

2 On Your Side reached out to the local assembly members who are on the committee considering DiPietro’s bill. We haven’t heard back yet on what kind of action they plan to take on the legislation.

ORIGINAL STORY: https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/politics/local-assemblyman-backs-plan-to-split-new-york-into-3-states/71-c4045377-46b0-47a6-95f6-f6053f73333b

Movements to Split New York State into 3 Regions Gain Steam

Movements to Split New York State into 3 Regions Gain Steam

October 03, 2019 | WHEC-TV

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) – Could New York state really be split into three parts? Legislation to make the split happen is reportedly gaining some support.

According to Hudson Valley 360, members of the Divide New York State Caucus are going county to county to talk about the bill.

If passed, the state would break off into three self-governing areas:

  • 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
    The bill was first introduced by Republican Assemblyman David DiPietro in April. He started a website dedicated to the movement, complete with a petition.
Right now, the goal is to gain enough support in local towns to force lawmakers to co-sponsor the bill through a clause in New York’s Municipal Home Rule Law.
As of now, there has not been any senate committee or floor votes on the bill.

ORIGINAL STORY: https://www.whec.com/news/movements-to-split-new-york-state-into-3-regions-gain-steam/5513826/?fbclid=IwAR0f3bkP2zg5IkTkfUK7VCkQKeEzsqohuQG-RWXy8smQnI5QN0xkHrB8PDE#.XZX7uxnnJq4.facebook

You Can Now Sign a Petition to Split New York Three Ways

You Can Now Sign a Petition to Split New York Three Ways

WKBW-TV, APRIL 29, 2019

(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.”

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Split New York 3 Ways? Assemblyman’s Petition Has New Approach to Carving Up NY

Split New York 3 Ways? Assemblyman’s Petition Has New Approach to Carving Up NY

BY BEN AXELSON (NYUP.COM) APRIL 29, 2019

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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
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New York Lawmaker Proposes Chopping State Into 3 Self-governing Regions

The Statue of Liberty stands in New York harbor with the New York City skyline in the background. KATHY WILLENS AP

BY JARED GILMOUR (MIAMI HERALD) APRIL 07, 2019

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.”

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DiPietro Honors Teacher of the Month

Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C,I-East Aurora) recently gave out the first award honoring local educators. Lisa Barron of Parkdale Elementary School in East Aurora was awarded the first certificate for her dedication to her student’s education.

“Lisa is one of the best teachers I’ve had the honor of meeting, and to have her teaching in my hometown of East Aurora is a great treasure to the community,” DiPietro said. “We trust our teachers to bring out the best in our students and Lisa is the textbook example of what a teacher should be. She’s determined, caring, and passionate about each one of her charges and I am very proud to honor her hard work. Thank you so much for what you do!”

Let People Go Their Own Way: Split the State

Let People Go Their Own Way: Split the State

Assemblyman David DiPietro (R,C,I-East Aurora) has introduced legislation that would create a constitutional amendment to split New York State into three separate autonomous regions. The three regions are New York, which includes Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond counties, Montauk, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties, and New Amsterdam, which would include every county north of Westchester.

The goal of the bill is to finally unshackle the regions of New York that are subjected to decisions and rule from New York City with a different value structure and way of life. Each region would elect its own governor, Legislature and judicial wing and be responsible for its own management. This would allow local rule to return to the state which has been so ideologically and politically dominated by the city for decades.

“It’s time to let people go their own way,” DiPietro said. “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, our value, and simply don’t care about us. This bill would once again let the people of New York decide their fate. We should not be burdened with laws and regulations that have no thought to our economic situation or how we live our lives. Main Street in East Aurora is a totally different world than the center of Manhattan, and our people have the right to make their own decisions. The time is past due, we deserve to govern ourselves as is our God-given right. Split the state, the people deserve and demand it.”