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


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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