Elmira, New York
Fordham University Student
Upstate New York and the New York City metro area would both benefit by dividing the Empire State but it’s the only way to save Upstate if we’re serious.
While attending school at Fordham University in the largest city in the nation, it can be easy to forget about those living outside of the New York City bubble. New York State is a state of nearly 20 million people, with over 8.5 million right in the five boroughs. Under the bright lights, tall buildings and raw business success, it is hard to imagine that those within New York State’s borders struggle to succeed.
Just up the Hudson River, stretching from Buffalo to Binghamton, Plattsburgh to Poughkeepsie, almost the entirety of the upstate New York economy is in ruins. Of the 53 counties above Westchester and Rockland Counties, 45 have lost population since 2010. Something is wrong. Something needs to be changed. The state must be divided.