"Most people see that type of language as offensive and even dangerous. The exception is people who grew up in New York. We see it as 'talking.'"
ADDED: Can we have a President from New York City? "New York" in the quote above, means New York City. People from NYC say "New York State" when they mean the state. We've had some Presidents from New York State already. But were they from NYC?
1. Martin Van Buren. No. He was from Kinderhook, New York, which is near Albany.
2. Millard Fillmore. No. He was from the Finger Lakes region.
3. Grover Cleveland. No. Born in New Jersey, some childhood time in upstate New York, and an upstate New York career, including mayor of Buffalo.
4. Chester A. Arthur. Not really. Born in Vermont, later lived in lots of different New York towns — York, Perry, Greenwich, Lansingburgh, Schenectady, and Hoosick. "The family's frequent moves later spawned accusations that Chester Arthur was not a native-born citizen of the United States." Eventually practiced law in NYC.
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Eh. He was born in the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park, but he subsequently lived in NYC, in a high-society setting.
6. Theodore Roosevelt. Yes! Born on East 20th Street in New York City. What did he sound like? Listen: