The upstate New York secession movement is not restricted to small groups of ordinary citizens, but extends into Albany as well, where some state legislators have taken up this cause. Most notable are Assemblyman Stephen Hawley and Senator Joseph Robach, who are trying to pass a bill that would allow a referendum on upstate secession to take place state wide. Among their other concerns are economic development, Second Amendment rights, and taxes, which are all linked to upstate’s grievances and calls for secession.

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