The American political process is established upon a self-adjusting mechanism that weathers down opposing factions and streamlines myriad needs to form a cohesive solution that best addresses the public good. The State of New York is an exceptional place where geographic,economic social, and political diversity coexist in polarizing camps and distinctive patterns. This paper touches upon one of the most significant division in state politics today- the often contentious divide between the heavily Republican upstate and the solidly Democratic downstate. The purpose of this paper is to search for an casual explanation in how the lack of a competitive two party system in conjunction with a continual rural Republican dominance in upstate New York is ultimately harming its vitality and regional growth. I'm expecting to find discrepancies in the current Republican public policies in effect today and the unfulfilled constituency needs of the upstate region. Insights from a previous political internship at a local state senate campaign as well as a collection of recent data from various state agencies will be utilized in the paper.
"Red, Why, and Blue: A Study of Upstate Local Politics,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2011
, Article 24.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2011/iss1/24