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Lawmakers want to know why people are leaving New York state

Lynette Adams
Updated: January 31, 2020 08:21 AM
Created: January 31, 2020 08:03 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two state lawmakers want to find out why people are leaving New York faster than almost any other state in the country.

The latest census numbers show New York's population dropped by 77,000 between 2018 and last year.

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According to the Empire Center for Public Policy, 1.4 million people have left New York since 2010. The report shows the majority of people who left moved to Florida, Texas, California, and Pennsylvania.

Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco and Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, who chairs the Commission on Rural Resources, say they will put a questionnaire online and hold roundtable meetings across the state to get to the bottom of this trend before the Empire State becomes the "Empty State."

This population loss is among the highest in the nation. 

"We need to find out why," he said. "I suspect that we will hear about things like bail reform, we'll hear about high taxes, but we may also hear about other issues as well, so we want to get the full picture."

Santabarbara says if the population continues to decline in New York, it could mean redistricting in two years and the loss of a seat in Congress. 

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