New York City and upstate have many divisions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Is New York state hopelessly divided between New York City and upstate?

The regional contrasts have played out recently on controversies over gun control and whether to allow “fracking” for natural gas. It also was illustrated in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s geographically imbalanced re-election margin.

The differences have given rise to complaints up north that upstate taxpayers are subsidizing New York City’s poor or that upstate voices are not heard in Capitol corridors dominated by downstate politicians.

The rifts are as real, but not all the stereotypes stand up to scrutiny.

For instance, New York City is more a sugar daddy than a sponge when it comes to state coffers. The city represents a disproportionate share of state personal income tax payments.

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