It’s not a new idea. With Long Island doling out billions more to Albany than it gets back, supporters of a commission to examine the feasibility of a State of Long Island include State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (R-Sag Harbor) and Suffolk Comptroller Joseph Sawicki Jr.
Others, including Suffolk County's executive – you know, the guy seeking the Republican nod for a New York gubernatorial bid – torpedo the idea, saying it’s unrealistic.
But the question begs: If a plan for statehood were to move ahead, and the two counties merged, who do you support to become governor of Long Island – Ed Mangano or Steve Levy?
Tell us why.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, left, and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Newsday File / Howard Schnapp