We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Tri-State includes parts of all three states, but not all of them. Buffalo and Cape May aren't in the picture. It means Greater Greater NYC area.
We use these odd shorthands all the time. "Northern New England," which would ostensibly mean NH, VT, and ME, actually excludes about half of Maine, the northernmost, unpopulated sections and those tied closely to Canada. We tie them to the rest of Maine, but not, by extension, the other two states. And one could stretch a point and grant provisional NNE status to some areas of Central and Western Mass.
And don't even get started on what "Midwest" means.
Assistant Village Idiot