So many people have abandoned New York in recent years, the reduced population may result in the state losing a congressional seat or two. Now you could blame the pandemic, but people have been leaving the state since 2016 and that is because of bad politics, not a bad pandemic that simply exposed the bad politics.
Put much of the blame squarely on the shoulders of Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio who has destroyed New York City’s economy through his COVID-1984 lockdown and allowed the gangs to run free because of his decision to defund the police.
The Daily Wire explains:
So many people have left New York over the last year that the state is in danger of losing a seat in Congress ahead of the 2022 elections — and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) seat is reportedly the one New York legislators are looking to drop.
Business Insider reports that New York leads the nation in population exodus. Between July 2019 and July 2020, “126,000 people moved out of New York state,” and New York now leads the nation in population loss.
“New York has been losing residents since 2016, according to the data, but this year was the most significant drop by far. The second biggest year-to-year population drop for the state this decade was between 2018 and 2019 when more than 80,000 people left the state,” the outlet notes.
The coronavirus pandemic may be to blame for recent moves, but New Yorkers have been leaving the state in droves for years.
The Blaze adds:
USA Today reported that due to its population loss compared to the rest of the country, New York will “certainly” lose one House seat — and perhaps two — when a congressional reapportionment is conducted in 2022. […]
For years, critics of New York’s Democratic policies have argued that the increasing expanse of government and economic woes such as soaring property taxes are driving residents out of the state. But in 2018, ignoring those concerns, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the population decline on bad weather.