With people fleeing NY in droves, Dems could potentially lose two House seats
Defying all logic during the pandemic, which has killed more than 36,000 of his constituents, thousands of them because sick people were returned to nursing homes on his order, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has fashioned himself as a political rock star.
Because of his routine anti-Trump coronavirus briefings, which were vigorously cheered by the media and other Democrats, the third-term Democrat was touted as a possible replacement had Joe Biden not held up under the pressure of running for president from his basement. He even won an Emmy for those briefings, and surprisingly not for appearances on CNN when he yukked it up with his brother, Chris, as the body bags mounted.
Cuomo also created a self-congratulatory poster praising his administration’s response to COVID-19. And he wrote a self-laudatory book on “leadership” during the pandemic that became a bestseller.
Most recently, Cuomo predicted Santa Claus would be “very good” to him on Friday because he “worked hard this year.”
But here’s the thing.
New Yorkers are weighing in on Cuomo’s tenure in Albany by voting … with their feet.
New York could be on the way to its first population decline in any decade since the 1970s: https://t.co/xnrM4CopHJ
— Empire Center (@empirecenter) December 22, 2020
Newly released census data indicate 126,355 people fled New York state over the past year, a decline of 0.65 percent.
That was reportedly the biggest drop of any state, in terms of both overall number and in percentage, according to an analysis by the Empire Center, a conservative think tank based in Albany, N.Y.
To be fair, two other liberal paradises, Illinois and Hawaii, were not far behind New York, with population declines of 0.63 percent and 0.61 percent, respectively.
Still, the Empire Center reported, “In both absolute and percentage terms, New York’s population drop in 2019-20 was the biggest among 16 states” that witnessed population declines over the past year.
Cuomo was first elected governor of the Empire State in 2010. Census data show that New York actually grew during his first term, adding about 280,000 people from the 2010 census to the beginning of his second term in 2015.
But then, the tide headed back out.
After peaking in 2015 at nearly 19.7 million people, Cuomo has overseen the departure of 320,545 New Yorkers. The state in 2020 has about 41,000 fewer people than it had in 2010.
“New York could be on the way to its first population decline in any decade since the 1970s,” the Empire Center noted.
And that carries political implications as well.
As the Empire Center’s report observed, “If New York’s estimated trend holds true in the final decennial census count for 2020, it will also translate into a loss of up to two congressional seats. Only five other states – West Virginia, Illinois, Vermont, Connecticut and Mississippi – have experienced estimated population decreases from 2010 to 2020.”