CONKLIN, N.Y. – Some towns in New York's Southern Tier are raising the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania.
Conklin Supervisor Jim Finch and other local officials talking about redrawing the Keystone State's border don't really expect it to happen. But members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the idea will result in something good for a struggling part of the state.
New York's Southern Tier sits atop the same gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has allowed Pennsylvania and other states to ride the fracking boom. In December, the Cuomo administration said it planned to ban hydraulic fracturing based on potential health risks from the drilling practice and overstated economic benefits.
Many in the Southern Tier saw it as another instance of New York City's liberal desires trumping upstate needs.