A group of Democratic senators is pushing the state to expand its Pride of New York program to promote New York-grown products and boost the agriculture industry, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported today.
The four-member Independent Democratic Conference is seeking to create two new designations: “Dine: Pride of New York” for restaurants and “Shop: Pride of New York” for retailers and wholesalers.
The goal would be to label food on menus and in grocery stores with a logo that shows it was made in New York. The lawmakers said it would increase local sales and build awareness of the state’s agriculture industry.
The senators are planning a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol with the supermarkets Shop Rite and Hannaford to unveil their proposal.
“We believe that by just increasing the availability and the consumers’ knowledge of locally grown products … we can dramatically increase the economic output in our communities,” said Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County.