In recent years, New York state has faced some major declines in population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New York was one of only nine states to see a decrease and is placed at number one for fastest population loss. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, attributed the decline to “climate-based reasons” for people deciding to move to warmer places such as Florida or the Carolinas. Yes, the weather in New York can be terrible in the winter months, especially upstate, but perhaps it is the liberal policies, crippling taxes, and out of touch leadership that is driving people out.
Much of Upstate New York is controlled by downstate Democrats and New York City. Looking at the 2018 midterm election map, Republican challenger for Governor, Marc Molinaro carried most of the upstate counties. Governor Cuomo, on the other hand, won in New York City and Long Island, securing his third term. Even if we take a look back at the 2016 election map, we can see that President Trump won most of the upstate counties. Those of us living in those areas are getting tired of being controlled by the liberal policies and politicians voted in by those in New York City. Due to that fact, people have been left no choice but to leave the state for one that listens and responds to their needs.