State Senate chooses yogurt for official snack


    Bill goes to State Assembly for consideration



    Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, to name yogurt as the official snack for the State of New York.  The bill, S.6695, passed by a 52 to 8 vote.   


    “Yogurt is not only a delicious, healthy treat; it is also an economic driver for many communities in New York, with yogurt manufacturers located all across the State–from Western New York to Long Island.  That is why yogurt is such a suitable choice to be New York’s State snack,” said Ranzenhofer.  “I am pleased that the State Senate has approved this bill, and I encourage the State Assembly to pass it.” 


    A Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class, while studying the history and government of New York State, wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer to suggest the idea for the bill.


    “The idea for this legislation started in a Genesee County classroom, not at the State Capitol.  A lot of credit goes to Craig Schroth and his fourth-grade class at Byron-Bergen Central School District for all of their hard work, research and study that went into proposing this bill,” said Ranzenhofer.  “Today’s vote to designate yogurt as the State snack is an example of democracy in action.”


    New York is the number one processor of yogurt in the United States.  Increasing demand for milk, the primary component in yogurt, has helped to support and grow the State’s dairy industry.  New York is now fifth in the nation in milk production, producing over 13 billion pounds in 2012, in part fueled by the demand from yogurt processors.


    Assemblyman William Magee has introduced the bill in the New York State Assembly.  Assemblyman Stephen Hawley is a co-sponsor of the legislation.  The bill has been sent to the State Assembly.  


    New York State has many other official state symbols, including a beverage, milk; a muffin, apple muffin; a fruit, apple; a tree, sugar maple; a flower, rose; a shell, bay scallop; a fish, brook trout; a bird, bluebird; an animal, beaver; a gem, wine-red garnet; and a insect, ladybug.