It has been a joke for some time that upstate NY and the New York City area are two seperate entities and therefore Upstate should secede and become it's own state. That's no longer a joke as one lawmaker has proposed legislation that actually accomplishes this goal. Here's Rep Stephen Hawley's comments:

“This is an idea that has been discussed for many years, and one which is especially popular throughout upstate New York,” Hawley said. “It has become abundantly clear in recent years that the New York City voting bloc has forgotten upstate and is imposing their radical left-wing agenda on all of us, whether we like it or not. And that is deeply troubling.”

This isn't the first time that this idea has popped up, but this is the first time that we're aware of that this idea has been proposed in Congress. While the the NYC area would still presumably be called 'New York State', the 139th District Reprentative has no idea what the new state should be called if the split happens, so we thought we'd pose it to you... First of all, should we add a 51st state and secondly, what would us upstaters call ourselves? North and South NY respectively?

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