By2/25/2015 in Pennlive The Patriot-News
CONKLIN, NY -- Even if the small towns in New York State's economically struggling Southern Tier never actually secede to join Pennsylvania, the intrastate battle over fracking the Marcellus Shale has already divided the Empire State.
The divisions here are as deep as they are bitter. Pick your comparison: The poor stepchild. The squeaky wheel that never gets any grease. The overlooked loser. The perennial last-place political finisher.
This is how some of the put-upon people of New York State's Southern Tier see themselves, and many are sick and tired of it.
Their slice of the sprawling, diverse Empire State is a world away from the affluence, urban density and gleaming skyscrapers of New York City. Yet, some Southern Tier residents feel as if the powerful New York City politicians with voting blocks on the New York General Assembly and strong voices in the Governor's Mansion control their fate from afar.
The bones of contention in this age-old Upstate-Downstate rivalry are...