not to be rude but- good riddance if you can do it. folks who haven't been asked if all of us upstaters are inbred- probably think it's harsh. having gone to school with and eventually married a long islander- who has spent the majority of his life here (and his whole family got off the island when they could- moved to florida which is about one step above)- i have a bit of insight into it. it is a culture like none i have ever seen- and while there are some nice, decent folks ( i married one) the downstate crowd- especially the monied long islanders- are arrogant, rude, spoiled people. they have more money than sense down there- and if i hadn't heard ad nauseum about how backwards we are up here in the wilds of upstate and how there's no place like the island over and over... i might have less of an outright dislike for the folks down there.
by all means- we'll vote for it if allowed. get it on the state ballot come novemember- and yous can have at it.