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The Empire State - ratified Constitution 26 Jul 1788

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. New York was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.85 million residents in 2017, it is the fourth most populous state. The state's most populous city, New York City, makes up over 40% of the state's population. To distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes called New York State.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 43° N — Longitude: 75° W

Area: 141,300 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-NY

Notable Places

Birthplace of

Woody Allen, in New York City, on 1 Dec 1935
Dave Barry, in Armonk, on 3 Jul 1947
Roy Childs, Roy Alan Childs Jr., in Buffalo, on 4 Jan 1949
Richard Feynman, in Manhattan, on 11 May 1918
Bill Kauffman, in Batavia, on 15 Nov 1959
Roger MacBride, in New Rochelle, on 6 Aug 1929
Moby, in New York City, on 11 Sep 1965
Justin Raimondo, Dennis Raimondo, in White Plains, on 18 Nov 1951
Earl Ravenal, Earl Cedric Ravenal, on 29 Mar 1931
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in Hyde Park, on 30 Jan 1882
J. Neil Schulman, Joseph Neil Schulman, in Forest Hills, Queens, on 16 Apr 1953
Mark Thornton, in Geneva, on 7 Jun 1960
Martin Van Buren, in Kinderhook, on 5 Dec 1782

Events of Interest

Statue of Liberty, unveiled, in New York Harbor, on 28 Oct 1886

Deathplace of

John Chamberlain, on 9 Apr 1995
John T. Flynn, in Amityville, on 13 Apr 1964
Ulysses S. Grant, in Mount McGregor, on 23 Jul 1885
Percy L. Greaves Jr., in Irvington, on 13 Aug 1984
John Jay, in Bedford, Westchester County, on 17 May 1829
William McKinley, in Buffalo, on 14 Sep 1901
Ralph Raico, on 13 Dec 2016
Leonard Read, in Irvington-on-Hudson, on 14 May 1983
Thomas Szasz, in Manlius, on 8 Sep 2012
Martin Van Buren, in Kinderhook, on 24 Jul 1862

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | New York | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 50, fiscal policy rank: 50, regulatory policy rank: 50, personal freedom rank: 29, economic freedom rank: 50
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 635


Extortion in Port Chester, by Sheldon Richman, 5 Jan 2007
Relates the case of the Village of Port Chester, New York which granted exclusive rights to a development area and then overrode the rights of Bart Didden whose property laid partly in that area
In 1999 the Village of Port Chester and the development firm G&S Port Chester agreed to embark on a $100 million 27-acre redevelopment project in which dilapidated buildings would be torn down in favor of stores, a movie complex, and other amenities. Under the agreement the Village government gave G&S sole authority to obtain properties in the project area both through negotiation and eminent domain. Only G&S can build there, and any profits from the project belong to the developer ... G&S made Didden an offer: You can build your store if you fork over $800,000 or make G&S a 50 percent partner.
Founder of the Month - John Jay by Martin Devine and Monty Rainey, by Monty Rainey, Dec 2002
Includes picture, biographical essay, bibliography, two Jay quotes and links to the Federalist Papers authored by Jay
... the people of New York elected Jay to serve in the First Continental Congress. ... Returning to the provincial congress of New York in 1777, he guided the drafting of the first New York state constitution. Jay was then appointed Chief Justice of New York but left that post in December of 1778 ... In 1792, Jay had lost the race for Governor of New York to George Clinton. However, in 1795, upon his return from England, John Jay learned he had been elected Governor of New York while he was overseas. ... He served two terms from 1795 until 1801. Jay was a popular Governor who won many reforms including the abolition of slavery.
The Movement Grows, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Libertarian, 1 Jun 1969
Recounts the first three meetings of the Libertarian Forum, the student libertarian organizations at Fordham, Wesleyan, SUNY Buffalo and Stanford, and the formation of the Radical Libertarian Alliance
One year ago the New York movement contained about half a dozen people; now, for the first time ... it has escalated to far beyond the capacity of one person's living room. It was for that reason that Joseph Peden and Jerry Woloz dedided to found the Libertarian Forum, basically conceived as a way for the whole New York movement to meet periodically in the confines of one room. We met for the first time on January 31 at the Great Shanghai restaurant in New York City. We expected about 20 people to appear; we got over seventy. It was a glorious moment. People came from as far away as South Carolina and Buffalo for the occasion.
U.S. Airport Privatization Slowly Takes Off, by Adrian T. Moore, Robert W. Poole, Jr., Intellectual Ammunition, 1 Sep 1999
Discusses one completed and two potential airport privatization deals under a 1996 pilot program in the U.S. (Note: the Stewart Airport 99-year lease was sold back after seven years)
On January 25, New York State submitted to the FAA its final application to privatize Stewart Airport. The application details the terms of the 99-year lease with National Express Group, the U.K. airport, rail, and bus operator that won the bidding for Stewart last spring. Under the agreement, the initial $35 million payment and future lease payments will be used partly for improvements at Stewart, an airport in the Hudson Valley; partly for similar improvements at state-owned Republic Airport, on Long Island; and partly to reimburse the state for previous expenditures at Stewart.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "New York (state)" as of 5 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.