I can't recall a time when we so strongly agreed with a New York Times editorial as this piece from Friday titled "Give Back New York City". In essence, the article laments the hard times that NYC had gone through and how the city managed to get its financial house in order. It ends with the statement "It is time to let New York City take care of itself".
In fact, let's take it a step further. I mean, if New York City is so capable of taking care of itself, by all means, take care of yourself. I'd be more than willing to say goodbye to the rampant crime that dominates the city; I'd be happy to give up the millions of Medicaid recipients that cripple the state budget; I'd love to alleviate the financial burden of thousands of illegal immigrants that have infested the city. New York City: the 51st state.
Why NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg hasn't proposed this is beyond me. He has whined incessantly for years that the city contributes more to the state's coffers than the city gets back. So put your billions where your mouth is, Mike - have one of your NYC lackey politicians propose legislation splitting NYC off into its own state. If you don't want to take it that far, then propose a referendum on the issue - allow all of the people from across the state to decide. After all, New York City can take care of itself.