NY has always been a democratic stronghold, so Kerry winning the state is no big surprise. I live in Manhattan and voted for Bush.
Well, NY has a Republican governor and NYC has a Republican mayor (who follows another Republican mayor). I wouldn't exactly call it a Democratic lock. And, as I mentioned, Reagan carried the state as well.

Why does it matter that we have split in this country? The Republicans are in charge now so why not let them do as they please? Politics in cyclical so everyone is not going to be 100% happy all of the time.
We all have to live with the policies put into place by the people in Washington, whether we like them or not. The government is for the people, by the people. If elected officials do something you disagree with, you should shout from the rooftops. We are their employers. Let's not forget that.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

-Mohandas Gandhi