New York State could lose congressional seat in 2022

December 22, 2017 06:52 PM

Load up the moving van and get the heck out of dodge. That seems to be the trend in New York.

"Over the past year, New York had about 190,000 more people leave for other states than arrived from other states to New York," said Ken Girardin from the Empire Center.

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190,000 people, that's more than the population of the cities of Albany and Schenectady combined. Every year the Census Bureau updates its estimates. The Empire Center analyzes them and said it's the tenth consecutive year that more people left New York than arrived.

"We're seeing the continuation of a trend that's been going on since the 1960s. A lot of it has to do with the stagnation upstate," Girardin said.

Stagnation happens because of a lack of economic activity, according to the organization. During the Economic Development Awards ceremony in Albany last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Upstate New York is coming back.

His office released this statement:

"It's under this administration that property taxes where capped, middle income taxes were cut to record lows, upstate unemployment was slashed in half, private sector jobs reached an all-time high, the minimum wage was raised to $15 and the state has undertaken a $20 billion affordable housing plan. This is why we remain the place that people from around the world come to live the American Dream and quoting a conservative political pundit clearly is an attempt to politicize the issue, which is unproductive."

The Empire Center said the state's own numbers tell a slightly different story.

"There were five regions of the state that had fewer private sector jobs now than they did a year ago," Girardin said.

The state is also on pace to losing another congressional seat in the coming years as a result. That would bring the total down to nearly half of what it was in the 1950s.

"The state lost two seats during the last reapportionment in 2012 and we are set to lose another one," Girardin said.


Dan Bazile

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