BATAVIA, N.Y. (WRGB) — Should New York be split into two states? One state assemblyman thinks so.
Back in January, Republican Assemblyman Stephen Hawley reached out to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, asking for support on the referendum of splitting New York into two states.
“This is an idea that has been discussed for many years, and one which is especially popular throughout upstate New York,” Hawley said. “It has become abundantly clear in recent years that the New York City voting bloc has forgotten upstate and is imposing their radical left-wing agenda on all of us, whether we like it or not. And that is deeply troubling.”
Hawley is asking for the legislation be passed through committee and brought to a floor vote, following other legislation that was passed on topics of apportion and stricter gun laws.
"If downstate politicians really don’t need upstate, as many of them claim, then there’s no harm in at least asking the question if we should be divided." said Assemblyman Hawley.