Group eager to break Upstate away from Downstate makes another push

A group that wants to split New York into three autonomous states is once again pushing a resolution backing the idea.

The group, Divide NYS, is urging supporters to have the resolution taken up by state lawmakers as well as local government officials.

The proposal would use a home-rule clause for local governments in the state constitution. As envisioned by Divide NYS, the move would split New York three ways: New York City boroughs, the suburban counties around New York City and upstate New York.

Having New York split into different self-governing regions is far-fetched at best. At the very least, upstate counties without the revenue generated by New York City’s financial center would be hard pressed to grow its economy, even with its current struggles.

But the push comes once again after an election in which Republican Marc Molinaro defeated Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, in most upstate counties. Cuomo won counties north of the metropolitan region that have urban communities like Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester.

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