A recent proposal by Staten Island Assemblyman Joe Borelli for the borough to leave New York City is easier said than done.
It reminded me of the great idea put forward by the team of Norman Mailer for mayor and Jimmy Breslin for City Council president in the 1969 Democratic mayoral primary.
They proposed making New York City the 51st state. Considering the historic imbalance of tax dollars going to both Albany and Washington versus how much state and federal assistance received in return, Big Apple residents would be better off keeping that money.
Two senators could ensure a more equitable return of federal assistance to New York City. The same could be said for residents of Richmond County becoming its own city.
Residents of eastern Long Island have long wanted to leave Suffolk County and form Peconic County. Residents of Nassau and Suffolk County have wanted to leave New York State.
Unfortunately for everyone, we need a favorable home rule message, which in the past required the support of former lower Manhattan Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver. He and his predecessors have consistently denied this request for liberty.
The same is true under Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx.
Residents of Staten Island, Peconic County, Nassau and Suffolk counties will never achieve political independence without the removal of Heastie as speaker. This can only be accomplished by Republicans regaining control of the State Assembly.
The resignation of President Richard Nixon as a result of Watergate created a tidal wave in the 1974 election resulting in Democrats gaining control of the State Assembly which is now going on 45 years.