Bloomberg Skeptical About Secession But Does See N.Y.C as the 'Economic Engine'

020108 bloomberg web Bloomberg Skeptical About Secession But Does See N.Y.C as the 'Economic Engine'During Michael Bloomberg’s weekly radio appearance on 77 WABC, host John Gambling asked him about Peter Vallone, Jr.’s most recent effort to have New York City secede from New York State and form the 51st state. Vallone’s reasoning is mainly economic–the city should stop giving money to the state because it isn’t getting enough in return.

Bloomberg laughed. "Well, I don’t think we’re going to secede," he said. "And look, I’ve known Peter Vallone and his father for a long time and…he said this tongue-in-cheek. That’s not going to happen.

"You’d require a change to the state constitution, which we’d never get, and we’d require a change to the federal constitution to go from 50 to 51 states," the mayor said. "So, that’s not going to happen. But I think the message, that we are exporting our money to the rest of the state and to the federal government, is the right message.

"Not that there’s anything wrong with us doing it. I’m a believer that those that have have to help those that don’t. New York is the economic engine of the city and, really, of the country, and it’s our job to help people that aren’t living in the economic engine. But you can’t damage the economic engine, you can’t take so much away from it.

"That’s what I tried to say to Albany," he said, referring to his recent visit to the state capitol, where he asked the state legislature and the governor to restore some of the money Albany had promised to the city.