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Should Long Island Secede From New York and, With Congressional Approval, Becomes Its Own State?

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With nearly 8 million people, Long Islanders make up 40% of the state's population.

As its own state, it would rank 13th in population, just behind Washington and just ahead of Arizona. It would have either 9 or 10 Representatives, likely a 7-2 or 8-2 split in favor of Democrats. The party would also be favored for the two U.S. Senate seats.

The boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens would split off from New York City and become their own cities in the new state.

Queens would rank as the fifth-most-populous city in the U.S., after Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Houston.
DrWatson · 61-69, M
I used to live there. Periodically, the question of forming a new state would come up, but it was the people who lived upstate who wanted to secede and form a new state, because they felt that too much of their tax money was going toward programs in the NYC area.
DrWatson · 61-69, M
[@31716,beckyromero] Interesting!
fun4us2b · M
[@338282,DrWatson] LI is not NYC
DrWatson · 61-69, M
[@64578,fun4us2b] I never said it was. I said "the NYC area". And in the context of my comment, I was referring to the divide between "Westchester and South" versus the rest of the state.
Trippy · F
I first saw this I was totally prepared to add my two cents concerning Long Island Ice Teas. As a consultation, I love any city named Queens 🙂
DrWatson · 61-69, M
[@1189287,Trippy] I never heard of Long Island Ice Tea until after I LEFT Long Island! 😆
LvChris · 41-45, M
Who gets the Mets and who gets the Yankees?
LvChris · 41-45, M
[@31716,beckyromero] Also, lol @ succeed.
beckyromero · 36-40, F

Thanks for the eye.😉
beckyromero · 36-40, F

The Mets would have to change their caps!

Sure. They don't seem to like each other anyway. Just like California, split it up.. And Texas for that matter.
🐣I gave no real thought to this answer btw🐣
summersong · F
I’ll be damned if I’m going to live in the state of Long Island.

XO, Queens
fun4us2b · M
Please do and blow up the Queens, RFK Bridge and Midtown Tunnel - all those firemen and carpenters can stop sapping all the pension money out of the NYC budget
Just what we need another Blue state
beckyromero · 36-40, F

Quetzalcoatlus · 46-50, M
Long Island “the douche state” has a ring to it

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