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AP File Photo -- Sweet Corn. John Henry

In between the negotiations for a property tax cap, rent regulations and same-sex marriage, the New York State Senate took time Tuesday to vote on naming the state's mineral and vegetable.

The Senate voted 56-6 to name sweet corn as the state vegetable. The legislation sponsored by State Sen. Michael Nozzolio and backed in the Assembly by Assemblyman Robert Oaks was also supported by State Sen. David Carlucci, who proposed legislation naming the onion as state vegetable. But polls showed strong support for sweet corn across the state while the onion consistently finished second.

Carlucci delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of designating sweet corn.

 

Also on Tuesday, the Senate voted to name the Herkimer Diamond as the state mineral. The state doesn't have an official mineral, and State Sen. James Seward sponsored this bill to name the Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral.

“Formed almost 500 million years ago and known worldwide, the Herkimer Diamond deserves to be properly recognized across New York,” Seward said in a news release. “I am extremely proud that the state senate has approved legislation naming the Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral of New York State.”

The Senate probably has more important issues to take up, and they will. But these two items will generate discussion.

The Assembly still has to act on both bills.

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