"These are petitions," Vernon explained. "Would you like to sign?"
"Petitions for what?" I calmly asked.
"Petitions to secede. If the congestion pricing plan goes into effect, then I want Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island to secede from the City of New York. After all, we didn't become a part of New York City until the Act of Consolidation in 1898. Before that, New York City was nothing more than the island of Manhattan."
The Road To Secession
"Just think about all those wealthy Manhattanites who drive those gas-guzzling SUVs out to the Hamptons or the Jersey shore or the Berkshires. How are they going to get there without driving through one of the other boroughs? And why shouldn't we be allowed to reduce the auto emissions in OUR air and the traffic congestion on OUR parkways and expressways? Why should we be discriminated against? Think of all the Manhattan yuppies and celebrities who spend their weekends partying in the Hamptons. Think about all the corporate big shots who use our roads to get to the airports. If we have to pay to enter Manhattan, then they should have to pay to leave it. What's fair is fair."