Last month Gov Kathy Hochul told New York Republicans, “Get out of town. Get out of town. Because you don’t represent our values. You are not New Yorkers,” she said.
“Just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong, OK?”
Well many of them took her up on the offer. In August, 5,838 New Yorkers switched their driver’s licenses to Florida, the highest recorded number for a single month in history, a report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles showed.
Since Jan. 1 to Sept. 20, 41,885 New Yorkers have turned in their licenses after officially leaving the state.
According to US Census Bureau data, roughly 319,020 residents left New York between July 2020 and July 2021. This represented a 1.6% year-over-year loss catapulting New York to the top of the list of state’s leading in population decline. Over the past decade, it’s population loss also contributed to it losing a congressional seat.
From July 2020 to July 2021, Florida gained 211,196 residents. Its population increase over the past decade also led to it gaining a congressional seat.
Earlier this year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis campaign launched “Mugs for New Yorkers” who still live in New York. The mugs say, “I’m a New Yorker but I wish my governor was Ron DeSantis.”
“Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have left the blue state to move to the ‘Free State of Florida,’ but there are still many New Yorkers that have yet to make the trip down south,” the campaign said. The mugs were a way for “the people of New York who support the Florida governor … to show their support for both their hometown and DeSantis.”