An Assemblyman from western New York wants to put a non-binding referendum on the ballot before the end of next year, asking New Yorkers what they think about splitting into two states.
It's an idea that admittedly touches a nerve with many, and it's caught the attention of Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco, who, in a column for the Gazette, says he's all for it.
He says with a Democratic governor, Assembly, and Senate, the checks and balances are gone, and Gov. Cuomo's "progressive agenda" was rushed through too quickly.
Democrat John McDonald says while he's not against a referendum, but people need to be better informed.
Splitting New York into two states is a lot more complicated than just one vote.
It would take years and require a constitutional amendment to be sent to Congress for a nationwide vote.