List of New York state symbols

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This is a list of symbols of the State of New York in the United States. The majority of the state symbols are officially listed in the New York Consolidated Laws in Article 6, Sections 70 through 87.1 The symbols are recognized by these laws and were signed into law by the governor of New York.

The oldest symbols, the state flag and the state arms, were adopted in 1778, and the most recent additions to the list, the snapping turtle and lilac bush, were added in 2006. The origin of the state motto dates back to 1784. During a tour of the state's harbors, waterways, and fertile interior, George Washington referred to New York as the "Seat of Empire." The term "The Big Apple" was coined by jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" when referring to any city.

The state insect took 9 years to become official. In 1980, fifth grader Kristina Savoca sent a letter - along with a petition bearing 152 signatures - to New York State Assemblyman Robert C. Wertz, urging him to introduce legislation designating the lady beetle as the official state insect. The proposal languished for a number of years, passing in the Assembly but not being considered in the Senate. Approval finally came in 1989, after Cornell University entomologists suggested that Wertz propose the nine-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella novemnotata, usually abbreviated to C-9) as the state insect because it was a native lady beetle.

Insignia

Type Symbol Year Image
Flag Flag of New York 17782 New York flag
Seal Seal of New York 17782 New York State Seal
Coat of arms The Coat of Arms of New York Coat of Arms of New York.svg
Motto Excelsior (Ever upward) 17843
Nickname The Empire State 17843
Slogan I Love New York 19774 I Love New York

Species

Type Symbol Year Image
Butterfly Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral
Limenitis arthemis
20085 Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral
Bird Eastern Bluebird
Sialia sialis
19706 The Eastern bluebird
Mammal Beaver
Castor canadensis
19757 Beaver
Reptile Snapping Turtle
Chelydra serpentina
200689 Snapping Turtle
Freshwater Fish Brook trout
Salvelinus fontinalis
197510 Brook Trout
Salt water Fish Striped Bass
Morone saxatilis
200610 Striped Bass
Insect Nine-Spotted Ladybug
Coccinella novemnotata
198911
Tree Sugar Maple
Acer saccharum
195612 Sugar Maple
Bush Lilac bush
Syringa vulgaris
2006813 Lilac Bush
Flower Rose 195514 Rose

Geology

Type Symbol Year Image
Gemstone Garnet 196915 Garnet
Fossil Sea scorpion
Eurypterus remipes
198416 Eurypterus remipes
Shell Bay Scallop
Argopecten irradians
198811 Bay Scallop

Culture

Type Symbol Year Image
Beverage 2% Milk 198111 Milk
Fruit Apple 197617 Apples
Muffin Apple Muffin 198711 Muffins

See also

References

  1. ^ "New York State Information". 2004-08-18. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b "New York State Flag and Great Seal of the State of New York". New York State Library. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  3. ^ a b "New York State Symbols". New York State Department of Economic Development. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  4. ^ "I (love) NY". New York State Library. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  5. ^ [1]dead link
  6. ^ "New York State Bird – Eastern Bluebird". New York State Library. 2002-07-01. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  7. ^ "New York State Animal – Beaver". New York State Library. 2001-01-29. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  8. ^ a b "More New York State Emblems: State Beverage, Muffin, Shell, Insect". New York State Library. 2000-12-22. Retrieved 2008-10-15. dead link
  9. ^ "New York State Reptile". State Symbols USA. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  10. ^ a b "State symbols and emblems". Net State. 2008-03-29. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  11. ^ a b c d "New York State Symbols". New York State Department of Economic Development. 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  12. ^ "New York State Tree – Sugar Maple". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  13. ^ "New York State Bush". State Symbols USA. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  14. ^ "New York State Flower – Rose". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  15. ^ "New York State Gem- Garnet". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  16. ^ "New York State Fossil – Eurypterus Remipes". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  17. ^ "New York State Fruit – Apple". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 

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