With Sean Hannity’s Long Island home up for sale, is he carrying through on his threat to leave New York?
If so, Sean Hannity may no longer be in a New York state of mind.
After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo bashed what he called “extreme conservatives” last month, the Fox News and syndicated radio talk show host revealed he was seriously thinking about relocating to Florida or Texas so he would no longer have cough up the high New York taxes. Cuomo, who subsequently backpedaled on some of his comments, initially deemed so-called extreme conservatives as those who favor gun rights, traditional marriage, and are pro-life.
Although the Fox host said he wouldn’t make the decision to sell his New York residence until his son finished high school, Sean Hannity’s nearly 5,0000 square foot waterfront Nassau County home with six fireplaces is now on the market for $3.6 million.
It could be that Sean Hannity and his wife are merely downsizing as many couples do after the kids get older.
Listing agent Elena D’Agostino described the property as a “gated 2.05-acre home [that] comes with a pool, observation deck and stairs to the beach.” Real estate taxes on the property total about $57,000 a year. Based on the kind of mansion that Hannity owns, he may be as rich as some of the celebrities that President Obama likes to socialize with at all those White House parties.
Since Hannity switched to the 10 pm Eastern time slot on Fox News to make room for rising star Megyn Kelly at 9 pm, he has often been going with the mini town meeting format in Fox’s midtown Manhattan studio. That kind of programming would be difficult to do remotely, as a Fox News host anyway. Last year, Hannity signed a new, long-term contract with Fox which would suggest he’s not going anywhere.
In the immediate aftermath of Cuomo’s comments, Sean Hannity admitted on his radio show that he can’t wait to escape from New York as it were:
“Now I want to tell you something — I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that, and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”
He also noted that between his two shows, there are a bunch of people that work for him that could become unemployed if he quits the state. “And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them,” said Hannity.
Citing a New York think tank, the New York Post revealed that over 300,000 citizens have left the Empire State since 2010: “Meanwhile, states such as Florida and Texas continue to attract people. It’s not just taxes prompting migration to their shores, though certainly the lack of an income tax in either the Lone Star or Sunshine state has to be a large part of the attraction. These growing states are also creating jobs, and generally offer a lower cost of living. And as a general rule, human beings do not move away from opportunity… New York has much to offer, any advantages, including an economy roughly the size of South Korea’s and many world class industries. But the state’s taxes, heavy-handed regulation and generally anti-business ethos are making us less and less competitive by the day.”
With Sean Hannity’s house up for sale, do you think he is getting ready to bolt what he calls “the United Socialist State of New York”?