How “North NY” would stack up by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

If the New York counties north of the New York City metro region were to split off and become a separate state, how would it rank nationally?

The question is prompted by news accounts of last weekend's Southern Tier rally by a coalition of groups whose members want upstate to secede from the rest of New York. Not all the advocates favor creation of a separate state, however. Some favor absorption into Pennsylvania, while others suggest avoiding the constitutional hurdles of full statehood by changing New York's own constitution to create two "autonomous regions" within the outline of a "token" remaining single state. In addition, their definitions of "upstate" seem to differ.

New York residents itching to relocate: Poll | am New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio's unveiling Monday of a new plan for affordable housing came not a moment too soon: Across the state, the high price of a New York address has left many residents itching to relocate, according to a recently released Gallup poll.

The Empire State exodus continues by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York’s imminent fall from third to fourth most populous state can be attributed mainly to its heavy loss of residents to the rest of the country—a trend persisting in this decade, according to Census Bureau data released today.

NY still #3 … for now by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Newly released Census estimates show New York is still the nation’s third most populous state, barely ahead of Florida.