Population losses continue in upstate NY


Thirty-five counties in upstate New York lost population between 2010 and 2012, U.S. Census statistics released today showed.

New York City and its suburbs, including Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, had a population increase of 13 percent over the three years, up 177,000 people.

The majority of the increase occurred in New York City, which had 161,564 people, an increase of 2 percent, and the first time in more than 60 years that more people moved in than moved out of city. The city’s population totaled 8.3 million in 2012.

Overall, New York had nearly 19.6 million people in 2012, up 1 percent from 2010.

“We are seeing that especially New York City accounting for almost all of the population growth in New York state,” said Jan Vink, a Cornell University researcher. “That should be a warning for the remainder of New York state.”

The largest numerical loss of population was in western New York, roughly down 4,100 people, Vink said in a report, with the illustration above. The largest percentage decline was in the Southern Tier, down 0.6 percent.

Broome County has the largest population loss of any county, down 2,540 people, or 1.3 percent, to a total of 198,060 people in 2012, the Census data showed.

The population of Jefferson County in northern New York increased the most outside the New York City area, up 4,033 people, or 3.5 percent. Second was Monroe County, which was up nearly 3,500 people, an increase of 0.5 percent, to 747,813.

The 52 counties outside the New York City area had a population decline of 3,553 people, down less than half of one percent, totaling 7 million people. The only county in the New York City area that had a decline in population was Putnam County, where the population dipped slightly by 103 people to a total of 99,607.

The population in Dutchess and Ulster counties dropped slightly. It fell by 166 people in Dutchess to a total of 297,322 people. It dropped by 702 people in Ulster, which had 181,791 last year, the Census data showed.


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  1. Italians should never forget

    New Orleans, 1891

    The fate of numerous Italian Americans was no different than that of other ethnic groups targeted by lynch mobs. The most infamous lynching of Italians occurred on March 14, 1891 in New Orleans. This event claimed eleven victims and was one of the largest multiple lynchings in American history. The catalyst for this tragedy was the unsolved murder of popular city police superintendent David Hennessy. Hennessy’s murder led to a roundup of the “usual suspects” — in this case Italians. Those detained, immigrants from Sicily and the southern portions of Italy — possessed swarthy complexions and were viewed with suspicion and contempt by the white protestant elite ruling New Orleans. Akin to Negroes, Italians were “not quite white” and subject to a racial prejudice only slightly subtler — mingled with a baseless and deliberately orchestrated Mafia scare associating most Italian Americans with a vast criminal organization that did not exist in the New Orleans of that era.

    The morning of March 14 was bright and sunny. By ten o’clock, a crowd of thousands was gathered by the Parish Jail, with many of them shouting, “Yes, yes, hang the dagoes!” The prison was soon attacked by a carefully selected band culled by the mobs’ leaders comprised of about twenty-five well-armed men. With battering rams ringing in their ears, the prisoners were both trapped and doomed. In the prison yard where several Italians were clustered together at one end, the hit squad of lynchers opened fire from about twenty feet away. More than a hundred rifle shots and shotgun blasts were fired into six helpless men, tearing their bodies apart. When the firing stopped, the squad inspected their victims. A man saw Pietro Monasterio’s hand twitch and yelled, “Hey, this one’s alive!” “Give him another load, “ another gunman answered. “Can’t, I ain’t got the heart.” Then one of the men walked up to the body, aimed a shotgun point-blank, and literally blew the top of Monasterio’s head away. Someone laughed. There were two or three cheers. One or two men turned their faces away, looking sick.

    So it went. Joseph P. Macheca, Antonio Scaffidi, and Antonio Marchesi were shot while turning to face their pursuers. Marchesi was struck in the head by a bullet. As he raised his right hand to shield himself a shotgun charge blew off and went on to disintegrate the top of his skull. Yet he did not die until nine hours later, lying all the time where he fell.

    More gunmen found Manuel Polizzi. Sitting on the floor in a corner of a cell, muttering to himself. Dragged by five men into a corridor he was shot two or three times while staring with wild eyes at nothing in particular. Antonio Bagnetto was found in another cell, pretending to be dead. He too was shot. Several of the men’s corpses were displayed to the mob outside the prison and hung on lampposts for all to see. Witnesses said that the cheers were nearly deafening.


    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    To The Moon, Mars, and Beyond

  2. CaseyTracker” struck again he did not post my “Italians Should Never Forget” like SOP, NY Daily News, Politics on The Hudson, Capital New York.

    One really has to wonder is he really becoming Capt Queeg of CapCon or is he Anti Italian ? ? ?

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    To The Moon, Mars, and Beyond

  3. New York City is a special place with several internationally important industries, and a lifestyle that is a national magnet.
    Upstate and Long Island must compete with ordinary economies, and do so unsuccessfully because of a tax structure and labor regulations that have driven out our most creative job generators!
    I’d like to think that the current state administration now “gets it”, but they have a long way to go to make a difference. We’ve made modest cuts in spending and taxes, but other states are acting more decisively.
    One bright spot is the focus on agribusiness, where the state is really listening to producers and targeting new employers. The one billion dollar slush fund given to Buffalo, which is already a ward of the state, would have been more effective if targetted to regions with more focused job creation possibilities!
    New York State needs to focus on what successful states are doing. We need to ease work rules, reform the Workman’s Compensation System, further limit growth of public pensions, force the consolidation of redundant political structures, and further restrict legislater’s “member items”.