Long Island (proposed state)
On March 28, 2008, Suffolk County, New York, comptroller Joseph Sawicki and Keith Durgan[who?] proposed a plan that would make Long Island (specifically, Nassau and Suffolk counties) the 51st state of the United States of America (or, should Upstate New York and/or Western New York be included in the breakup of New York State, the 52nd or 53rd). Sawicki says that all the Long Island taxpayers' money would stay on Long Island, rather than the funds being dispersed all over the entire state of New York.
The state of Long Island would include over 2.7 million people, not including the more populous west end of the island. Nassau County executive Ed Mangano came out in support of such a proposal in April 2010 and was said to be commissioning a study on it.
- Michael J. Trinklein (2 April 2010). "Beyond 50: American States That Might Have Been". National Public Radio. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- "Secession Dreaming". Staten Island Advance Editorial. May 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
- Casesse, Sid and William Murphy (2010-05-01). Nassau executive Magnano supports Long Island as 51st state. Newsday. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
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