Dear Assemblymember (Name),
I am writing as your constituent on the views of people who live in the upstate suburbs, Long Island, and NYC areas of New York State. These regions are very different and really should be divided into separate states, but completely autonomous regions are much easier to accomplish.
Please co-sponsor A04446 the divide amendment to the NYS constitution.
Dear Senator (Senator’s name),
I am writing as your constituent on the views of people who live in the upstate suburbs, Long Island, and NYC areas of New York State are very different and really should be divided into separate states, but completely autonomous regions are much easier to accomplish.
Please co-sponsor S4541 the divide amendment to the NYS constitution.
Dear (Representatives Name),
I hope this communication finds you well.
I am contacting you as a concerned constituent on behalf of Home Rule for a Divide NY Caucus. This communication regards the attached Home Rule Resolution, which leverages State Constitution Article IX in expanding our local government’s lawmaking powers to free constituents from unwanted fiscal, regulatory, and cultural mandates foisted upon (your) County by NYS legislation. I request that you review the attached resolution and partner with Divide NY and your colleagues in public service to ensure it is formally adopted by the (your) County Legislature.
As noted by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) in its 2016 Home Rule Report, New Yorkers like your constituents in Genesee County have been forced to live under unsolicited and unfunded mandates from the State Capitol, resulting in a local tax burden twice that of the average U.S. state, and an astounding negative net migration leaving NYS. These effects of state mandates over local matters have been detrimental for (your) County, and New York State as a whole. With a state government now fully controlled by a big city cultural and fiscal ideology unlike (your) county, it’s critical that (your) County legislators adopt the attached Home Rule Resolution to ensure the cultural and economic freedom of their constituents.
Divide NY is working to ensure adoption of the Home Rule Resolution by (your county) and at least 25 additional counties across the state by January 2021. The near-term goal is to ensure simultaneous adoption of the Resolution across all counties during the aforementioned period. The long-term goal is to oblige state lawmakers to introduce a Home Rule bill upon receipt of an adopted Home Rule resolution and associated legislative proposal from a municipality in their district.
The attached Home Rule Resolution and the Divide NY movement as a whole is a direct response to ceding too much fiscal, regulatory, and cultural control to a single centralized government that disproportionately favors NYC over (your) County and the whole of the state. Please join Divide NY in securing adoption of the Home Rule Resolution by the (your) County Legislature for the betterment of your constituents, and for New Yorkers all across the state.
HOME RULE RESOLUTION
Title: Home Rule Status of (Your) County, NY
Letting of (Date TBD)
WHEREAS, the liberties, happiness and well-being of the citizens of (Your) County are often adversely affected by the laws, rules, regulations and edicts set forth by the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, unfunded mandates legislated by the State of New York consume a large portion of the budget of (Your) County regardless of their effectiveness in (Your) County which has led to higher taxes; and
WHEREAS, the excessive amount of bureaucracy and regulations has stifled economic growth and impedes small business start-ups, expansion, and growth, thus adversely affecting the economic viability of many business in (Your) County; and
WHEREAS, certain laws, rules, regulations and edicts legislated by the State of New York have resulted in a trend of (Your) County residents leaving because they do not reflect the culture of (Your) County, thus resulting in less citizens on the tax rolls to support the efforts of said County; and
WHEREAS, Certain State of New York laws, rules, regulations and edicts are not applicable in (Your) County because of the culture found within Y(Your) County; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the County of (Your county) of the State of New York has hereby proclaimed the intention of invoking “Home Rule” within the parameters set forth by the NYS constitution to decide which laws, rules, regulations and edicts set forth by the State of New York are beneficial to (Your) County and support the Rights, Liberties, and general well-being of its residents.