Long Island (proposed state)

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A map comparing the counties and towns of Long Island based on statehood proposals.
  Brooklyn and Queens (two boroughs of New York City) are sometimes included in statehood proposals.
  The easternmost towns of Suffolk County are often put into question as the proposed Peconic County.

Long Island has made attempts in the past to secede from New York and become its own state. Mentions of Long Island secession range from 1896 to 2010. The proposed 51st state has also speculated the combination of Nassau and Suffolk counties into one county in order to reduce costs.[1]

The state of Long Island would include over 2.7 million people, not including the more populous west end of the island.[citation needed] 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.[2]

Any proposal would need to be approved by the New York State Legislature, which has refuted all previous secession efforts,[3][4] and the United States Congress.

The Long Island statehood movement has been featured on the History Channel series How the States Got Their Shapes.[5]

Secession history[edit]

The first known proposal of Long Island as its own state was published in the The New York Times in 1896. Sugar refiner Adolph Molenhaur claimed other big cities in New York did not take Long Island into account when making decisions and were spending money without any benefit to Long Island’s interests.

In 1996, a non-binding vote took place in which the idea of secession was approved. However, no further action was taken at that time.

On March 28, 2008, Suffolk County, New York comptroller Joseph Sawicki proposed a plan that would make Long Island (specifically, Nassau and Suffolk counties) the 51st state of the United States of America[3] (or, should Upstate New York and/or Western New York be included in the breakup of New York State, the 52nd or 53rd). Sawicki said 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.[citation needed]

In 2009, there was a call for home rule of Long Island by political leaders who were angry about a tax. Suffolk County was on board with the plan but Nassau County showed no support.

In 2010, the Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano had a plan to combine Nassau and Suffolk counties and to secede from New York and wanted to formally look into the idea.

Supporters vs. non-supporters[edit]

Supporters see secession not only as a major way to save money, but also as a way to keep Long Island unique, and to refrain from unwanted changes being made by New York state.[citation needed] The non-supporters do not agree with the logistics behind creating a separate state, and do not think that the state and the government would agree to it.[citation needed]

An extreme supporter is Cesidio Tallini. He created "Winnecomac",[6] special code "WQ",[7] which is the name for the entire island of Long Island as a nation separate from the United States. This idea is not popular among Long Islanders, but has gained attention from the media. Tallini was featured in the 2011 History Channel series How the States Got their Shapes,[8] as well as in a 2007 article in The New York Times.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael J. Trinklein (2 April 2010). "Beyond 50: American States That Might Have Been". National Public Radio. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Sid Cassese and William Murphy. “Nassau Executive Mangano Supports LI as 51st State.” Newsday, (Melville, NY), April 30, 2010. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nfh&AN=2W6468811411
  3. ^ a b "Secession Dreaming". Staten Island Advance Editorial. May 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  4. ^ Casesse, Sid and William Murphy (2010-05-01). Nassau executive Magnano supports Long Island as 51st state. Newsday. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  5. ^ How The Tate Chasing Tail. How the States Got Their Shapes Season 1 Episode 10 Mouthing Off, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEvYXtD6bUk.
  6. ^ Tallini, Cesidio (2013-02-02). "Winnecomac". Winnecomac.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  7. ^ Tallini, Cesidio (2015-08-12). "INT.codes". Paradiplomatic Affairs (PDA). Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  8. ^ "How the States Got Their Shapes". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  9. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (2007-09-22). "What Has the Hamptons, 4 Airports and a Hankering for Independence?". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 

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