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Southern Tier Towns Want to Secede from NYS, Join Pennsylvania

Written By Editor on 2/20/15 | 2/20/15

For some Upstate communities, enough is enough. Upset with various New York State policies that seem to be the opposite of local wishes, a local movement aims for big change.

Aiming to leave New York State's high tax burden and upset over recent changes in fracking policies, some communities see greener pastures in Pennsylvania. This part of the state was the only region where a majority of residents polled would often support hydraulic fracturing. Other issues, including the SAFE Act, are deeply unpopular.

Altogether there are 15 towns in four counties that desire to secede, including in nearby Delaware County. The exact names of these communities has not been named.

Such a deal would have to be approved by New York, Pennsylvania, and the United States Congress. Such a move is unlikely, to say the least. State Senator Tom Libous did include a question about the prospect of secession in a mailer to constituents.

In a recent survey conducted for the The United States Conference of Mayors and The Council on Metro Economies and the New American City of economic growth in the 363 metro regions in the country, the following Upstate regions rated:

352nd Ithaca,  353rd Glens Falls, 354th Buffalo-Niagara Falls, 355th Elmira,  356th Kingston, 362nd Utica-Rome, and 363rd Binghamton.

The issue has made a splash, getting to the pages of the Washington Post.
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