Separating New York State

February 25, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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February 25, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - State Assemblyman Steve Hawley wants residents in every upstate county to vote on the issue of separating New York in to states. He said it is time to break away from the New York City area.

Hawley, who represents portions of Niagara and Genesee counties, has talked about similar legislation before without much success. That's why he is taking a different approach this time around.

He believes most voters in upstate counties want to break away from New York City for many reasons, mainly economical. He discussed the reason why during his re-election bid last fall.

"For years out of touch, downstate interests have driven taxes through the roof leading to massive job losses to Western New York while critical resources were funneled downstate at our expense," Hawley said.

The resources Hawley mentioned is referencing power, which comes from the falls area and is funneled downstate. Hawley has not yet said when he plans to formally introduce this proposal to state lawmakers but said he is committed to it.