ALBANY — A bill proposing a constitutional amendment to divide the state into three autonomous regions has been introduced by Assemblyman David DiPietro.
This amendment creates fully autonomous regions, with a state government with severely limited taxing power, at a rate of just 3 percent sales tax, with all other taxing power transferred to the regions. About 3/4 of NYS laws under the bill would become regional laws of each region and deleted from the state code; each region allowed then to independently modify or repeal them.
Each region would have its own Senate and Assembly. Senators from all regions would also serve as the New York State Senate; Regional Assembly persons from all regions will also serve as the New York State Assembly. Each region would also have an elected Regional Governor, Regional Lieutenant-Governor, and Regional Secretary of State. The Regional Governor appoints most officials including the Education Commissioner; the Regional Secretary of State appoints the Regional Attorney General and Regional Motor Vehicles Commissioner. The state government would keep an elected-Governor, Lieutenant-Governor and Comptroller.
In order to insure a smooth transformation, the transfer of state departments/agencies/employees to regional departments/agencies/employees is detailed in the amendment and the pension system remains at the state level unchanged. Each region would still pay for its residents attending other region’s colleges. Some prisons in the New Amsterdam region would be owned by the other regions. Local Governments ownership rights are not affected by this amendment so the City of New York retains ownership of its water system.
The New York Region would consist of the counties Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens and Richmond (Staten Island).
The Montauk Region would consist of the counties Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.
The New Amsterdam Region would consist of the counties of Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.