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After Lengthy Debate, NY Senate OKs Yogurt As State Snack

Legislation Now Heads To Assembly
Pomegranate frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. (Image from www.pinkberry.com)

Pomegranate frozen yogurt from Pinkberry. (Image from http://www.pinkberry.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York state Senate found itself locked in a feisty debate Tuesday evening — over yogurt.

As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, lawmakers spent an hour debating whether to approve legislation designating yogurt as the official state snack — which they ultimately approved in a 52-8 vote.

But Sen. Gustavo Rivera, D-Bronx, first wanted to make sure by the bill’s author, Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Williamsville, had thought the proposal through.

“Did the sponsor consider raisins as a potential official state snack?” Rivera said on the Senate floor. “Perhaps pretzels? … What if the pretzel was dipped in yogurt? … Cheesecake?”

Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, said she considered those who might be offended by naming yogurt the state snack — namely the lactose intolerant.

A brief discussion about soy yogurt then ensued. Krueger said that might offend the “taste buds of fourth-graders.”

Sen. John Bonacic, R-Middletown, tried to clarify the proposal.

“No one is compelled to eat particular kinds of yogurt,” he explained.

Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, D-Queens, also made a last-second appeal that lawmakers consider the carrot cookie instead.

According to the bill: “Yogurt is a healthy food that tastes great and is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium and magnesium, all nutrients that are an important part of a good diet. Yogurt is also an important economic driver across our state; in fact New York is now the number one processor of yogurt in the country.”

The bill now faces another debate in the Assembly.

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