Western New York a State? Why Not?

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Author of 50 Hidden Gems of Greater Western New York to speak at Arcade Free Library

Why did Vermont split from New York State following the Revolutionary War but why didn’t Western New York do the same thing? On Saturday, October 17th at 11am, Posterthe Arcade Free Library will host a talk by Christopher Carosa, author of 50 Hidden Gems of Greater Western New York. Mr. Carosa will share the results of his research on this topic and other related fun facts and trivia concerning our wonderful region. “Western New York a State? Why Not”

Several weeks ago a group of Upstate New Yorkers met outside of Binghamton to discuss the idea of Upstate becoming its own state (they want to call it “New Amsterdam”). These New Yorkers are following in the footsteps of people in California and Colorado, who are also exploring how they could duplicate what West Virginia did and form their own state. Among the questions Mr. Carosa will answer includes:

  • How should we define Greater Western New York? (For a sneak preview, read this: Western New York was Originally Part of What Colony?)
  • Why did Vermont choose independence instead of remaining part of New York State?
  • Why was the Greater Western New York region in a position to claim its own independence from New York State following the Revolutionary War?
  • What prevented Western New York from duplicating what Vermont did?
  • What might a Western New York State looked like?
  • How does Western New York today compare to other states?
  • What wonderful secret does Western New York contain that we have not yet utilized? (Want another sneak preview:What is Greater Western New York’s Greatest Hidden Gem?)

50 Hidden Gems of Greater Western New York was published in December 2012 and contains 50 chapters of fun facts, trivia, and stories of people, places, and events throughout the Greater Western New York region, including once chapter devoted to the history of the railroads of Attica as well as memoir-like experience of riding the Attica and Arcade railroad.

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