New Yorkers moving to Florida in droves according to record number of driver’s license changes

Last month, more New York drivers switched their driver’s licenses from New York to Florida than ever previously recorded.

“A total of 5,838 New Yorkers made the switch in August — the highest recorded number for a single month in history, the numbers show,” the New York Post reported Tuesday.

“Year to date, 41,885 New Yorkers have handed over their licenses after moving south, a torrid pace that’s pointing to a new annual record.”

According to fashion designer Alvin Valley, who reportedly relocated to Palm Beach during the COVID pandemic, the exodus is being driven by concerns over the quality of life.

“A lot of families just began to feel like New York was becoming unlivable. Especially for younger couples with kids in their thirties and forties. They don’t want to get on the subway. It’s a safety issue, it’s a schools issue,” he told the Post.

In addition, he added, New York’s poor quality of life is driving EVERYBODY out.

“First it was the billionaires. Then it was the rich following behind them. Now you have the middle class,”  he explained.

Middle-class families like that of retired NYPD Lt. John Macari, who relocated to Jacksonville last year because of “COVID-19 mandates, rising crime and unappealing schools,” according to the Post.

“He argued that vaccine mandates for public sector employees left thousands of working-class New Yorkers disillusioned with city government and eyeballing the exits,” the Post notes.

“Couple that with the rise in crime and zero competence from our elected officials and a lot of people just don’t see a future in New York City for themselves,” he told the outlet.

He added that he had plenty of friends back in New York who’re desperate for a way out.

The irony is that this is exactly what New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wanted, no?

Recall how last month, she ordered all Republicans living in New York to “just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong … you are not New Yorkers!”

Of course, New Yorkers aren’t just fleeing to Florida. They’re also fleeing to Connecticut.

“About 50,000 people who left New York City for Connecticut during the pandemic are staying put despite calls by big banks and other Manhattan employers to bring workers back to the office, says Governor Ned Lamont,” Bloomberg reported last week.

“At least for now, there’s been no sign of a major exodus of transplants from the state, Lamont said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Monday. The 50,000 estimate is based on data from the US Postal Service.”

Now just for comparison, keep in mind that nearly 50,000 New Yorkers have relocated to Florida just this year alone.

It doesn’t help that NYC’s job recovery has been abysmal.

“It’s a staggering number, even for New York City — 162,000, more than the population of Boulder, Colo., or Lancaster, Pa. It’s the number of jobs that the city is missing as it continues the struggle to move beyond the pandemic and into an early chapter of a very different future,” The New York Times reported Monday.

“Since the early months of the pandemic, New York has had the slowest jobs recovery of any major metropolitan area,” the paper added.

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, New York State as a whole was down 327,800 jobs (compared to pre-pandemic levels) as of August. Conversely, Florida was up 371,900 jobs. So were other GOP-led states like Texas (563,900), Georgia (158,100), and Utah (104,700).

The point is that New York destroyed its own jobs and thus its residents’ livelihoods with unnecessary, draconian COVID diktats, and now it’s paying the price. The states that abstained from pushing diktats during the pandemic are meanwhile raking in the jobs.

New York has also damaged itself with its lax-on-crime policies. The issue is so dire that some residents of NYC have hired their own security details.

“Crime and quality-of-life complaints have gotten so bad in Greenwich Village, a community group contracted armed guards to patrol their street and stop chronic drug dealing, crack smoking and public defecation,” the Post reported last week.

“Resident Brian Maloney said his neighborhood of 16 years is suffering from an influx of emotionally disturbed drug addicts and an exodus of cops, made all the worse by bail reform and soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Private guards was the only logical way to combat the chaos of a revolving-door justice system, he said.”

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