Comment: Not from personal experience;

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Not from personal experience;

but when I was in Tampa, people were handing out brochures promoting New Hampshire. Might be something to consider as it's not TOO far from family in NY & seems to have the things you mentioned. I left NY in 07 & I have no desire to return. Good luck.

http://freestateproject.org/

http://freestateproject.org/101Reasons

Edited to add: http://freestateproject.org/nhinfo