In response to New York’s declining population, state legislators have introduced a bill to study the reasons behind this trend. New York, among eight states experiencing a drop in population, lost over 101,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
This decrease has significant implications, as Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara highlighted the potential loss of up to three congressional seats if the trend continues. The state comptroller’s report also indicated a significant 5.3% decrease in New York City’s population from 2020 to 2022, with the pandemic contributing to this shift.
Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblyman Santabarbara are spearheading the bill, aiming to establish a commission to thoroughly investigate the causes of out-migration. The proposed commission would comprise 13 members appointed by various state leaders and conduct public hearings across the state.
Tedisco pointed out factors such as affordability, public safety, and housing as reasons for the exodus, especially among higher-income residents. This outflow raises concerns about the state’s ability to support its budget and fund critical services. With the legislative session starting on January 3rd, both lawmakers emphasize the urgency of acting on this bill to address the population decline’s impact on New York’s future.
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