The passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jimmy Breslin at 88 was a sad day for journalism. He was one of the last old-fashioned “man of the people” reporters.
It reminded me of a great idea put forward by the team of Norman Mailor for mayor and Jimmy Breslin for City Council president in the 1969 Democratic Primary. They proposed making New York City the 51st state.
Considering the historic imbalance of tax dollars going to both Albany and Washington versus how much state and federal assistance is received in return, Big Apple residents would be better off keeping the funds sent to Albany.
With 8.5 million residents, New York City would be the twelfth most populous state. The Big Apple could send two senators and twelve Congress members to Washington.
The growing seniority of our Congressional delegation would insure a more equitable return of federal assistance to the city. Imagine over the past 48 years how much financially better off New York City could have been as its own state.