Long Island 51st state?

The News Leader

May 1, 2010 1:32:52 PM PDT
The top government official in Nassau County says he's willing to look into the feasibility of Long Island seceding from New York to become an independent state. In a letter last week, County Executive Edward Mangano joined several local officials who support measures in the state Legislature to probe the possibility.

The concept is one that has been discussed - and often laughed at - for many years.

The other top elected official on Long Island, Suffolk County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Steve Levy, says the statehood idea has no future. It would have to be approved by Congress and the president.

Nassau County has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country, and residents there often complain that they also pay among the most in taxes.