The issue has been reintroduced but Councilmember Lanza:
In a move that is certain to reignite old passions among Staten Islanders, State Senator Andrew J. Lanza is planning to introduce legislation to call again for his borough to secede from the rest of New York City.
Mr. Lanza, a Republican who represents about two-thirds of Staten Island, said in an interview on Wednesday that he was motivated to draft the bill because of residents of the island continued to feel unduly burdened by taxes and less-than-stellar city services. He said Staten Island residents have complained for years that they felt overlooked by the rest of the city, particularly on city services and mass transportation.
At first I had a strong negative reaction to the idea- why would we want to secede? But then I wonder why Lanza seems so insistent about the idea- it may just be a political ploy for publicity, but it may actually be a real issue. Anyway, any thoughts? As an aside, Kate and I were forced to do a little Island defending on the City Room comments since we were met with the usual hate and snobbery that NyTimes commentors display towards the Island (Kate and CBeltran are our userIds…surprising, I know). At the moment, I am agnostic on the issue- I just don’t know enough about the tax/city services situation to have an opinion, but welcome yours.