Towns Look To Secede From New York; Become Pennsylvanian

I don’t know if it’s possible but I wish all the luck to the 15 towns in Upstate New York that are looking to abandon the sinking ship that is the Empire State and find a home in the Keystone.

Here’s a brief look at an article that covers the bases as to why these towns are looking to greener pastures:


Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Leads 15 Towns To Consider Seceding to Pennsylvania

Governor Cuomo’s indecision on the fracking issue in New York led businesses to leave the state for years.  His recent ban will certainly do little to curtail the departure of those businesses.

There’s an even more surprising migration being discussed because of the fracking ban, however – entire towns.

Fifteen of them to be exact.

Fifteen towns in the Upstate New York Towns Association are actively researching whether or not they can secede to Pennsylvania, in part due to staples of the Cuomo economy – high property taxes, low business revenue, and of course, fracking.

The local economy is pushing one organization in Upstate New York to pose a question: Is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania?

The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.

“The Southern Tier is desolate,” said Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch (R). “We have no jobs and no income. The richest resource we have is in the ground.”

Finch said the ground in Conklin is rich with natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. However, that shale is unable to be tapped. He described this ban as a violation of his natural rights as a property owner.

There are 15 towns interested in the secession, according to the Towns Association. These towns are in Broome, Delaware, Tioga and Sullivan counties. The association declined to name the towns without their permission and also declined to comment on specifics at this time. As of now, research is ongoing. The group will be updating Action News with all of their findings in the coming weeks.

You can read the entire article here: 15 Towns seek to secede from the Empire

As a New Yorker by birth and Pittsburgher by choice I think this is great.  The counties in question are not only rich in natural resources, but make up the backbone of the region that is most against the SAFE Act and other liberty infringing nonsense that Gov. Cuomo and his cadre of corrupt cronies spew forth.

Upstate, unfortunately is beholden to New York City in regards to politics and votes.  Even though the city and the rest of the state have similar populations (around 8 million or so each) it’s easier to campaign and get out the vote in one neighborhood of Queens than it is to get that same number of people spread out over several counties.

Plus with all the corruption that breeds from New York City (just ask Sheldon Silver and Cuomo) upstaters have an uphill fight.  So why not come to Pennsylvania.  We have more freedom, economic and personal, lower taxes and hope for the future.  We ALSO could use the help.  You see, we have our own version of New York City…it’s called Philadelphia.  Chock full of corruption and a nutter for a mayor…no really, Mayor Nutter who has made it his personal goal to wipe out 2nd Amendment rights for the ironically named City of Brotherly Love.  I wish Philadelphia decided to secede to New Jersey, they have so much in common.

Pennsylvania hangs upon the razor’s edge.  With Philly solidly blue and the largest city in the Commonwealth, Pittsburgh which is solidly blue locally but swings on statewide elections and the rest of the state mostly red, any influx (one way or the other) could tip the purple state.

And that tipping may be all it takes to save us from becoming New York.

So yes, upstate New York towns, find a way to become Pennsylvanian.  Enjoy the large amounts of freedom and low amounts of taxes and be prepared to vote in order to make sure it stays that way.

This very well could be a fantastical folly but hey, it’d be great if it happened.  It’s not as easy as the countless businesses that have been driven off because they wouldn’t be moving physically but rather shifting alignment.

The bigger the Key, the smaller the Empire.


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