Onion Or Sweet Corn: What Should Be the State’s Vegetable?

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Now things are getting serious.

There’s competing legislation in the Senate over what should be the state’s official vegetable.

In one corner, the onion.

Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, is sponsoring the bill, which says, “Onions are one of the most important vegetable crops in New York in terms of crop value. The principle type of onion grown is the pungent yellow globe, and most are produced on muck (high organic matter) soils. Costs of production are higher for onions than any other vegetable crop in New York.”

In the other corner, sweet corn.

That bill was introduced yesterday by Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, and has several GOP sponsors in the Assembly.

Carlucci has no Assembly sponsor on his bill, but both have been referred to the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked to be the great arbiter over this brewing dispute during a news conference today. He stayed neutral.

“I will refrain,” Cuomo laughed. “I don’t have a candidate yet in the race.”

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  1. Corn is a grain, not a vegetable. Let Iowa have the corn, their high-fructose syrup, and their lobbyists.