This note briefly overviews the history of the Appalachian region of New York State, composed of the “Southern Tier” counties from Chautauqua County in the west to Schoharie County in the east. Counties in the area are rural and historically farming-based. New York's policies are urban normative and often ignore the Southern Tier region for the benefit of larger cities. The note examines how the region has significant resources but has faced structural issues due to policy implementation by New York City and Albany-based bureaucrats. This note introduces readers outside of the area to the state's rural areas.

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