- List of New York state symbols
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. 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.
Type Symbol Year Image Flag Flag of New York 1778 Seal Seal of New York 1778 Coat of arms The Coat of Arms of New York Motto Excelsior (Ever upward) 1784 Nickname The Empire State 1784 Slogan I Love New York 1977
Type Symbol Year Image Butterfly Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral
2008 Bird Eastern Bluebird
1970 Mammal Beaver
1975 Reptile Snapping Turtle
2006 Freshwater Fish Brook trout
1975 Salt water Fish Striped Bass
2006 Insect 9 Spotted Ladybug
1989 Tree Sugar Maple
1956 Bush Lilac bush
2006 Flower Rose 1955
Type Symbol Year Image Gemstone Garnet 1969 Fossil Sea scorpion
1984 Shell Bay Scallop
Type Symbol Year Image Beverage Milk 1981 Fruit Apple 1976 Muffin Apple Muffin 1987
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- ^ a b "New York State Flag and Great Seal of the State of New York". New York State Library. 2008-03-31. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/flag.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ a b "New York State Symbols". New York State Department of Economic Development. 2008. http://iloveny.state.ny.us/AboutNewYorkState/TopFacts.aspx. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "I (love) NY". New York State Library. 2007-03-21. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/iluvny.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ http://www.hawkowlsnest.com/2008/01/official-new-york-state-butterfly.html
- ^ "New York State Bird – Eastern Bluebird". New York State Library. 2002-07-01. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/bird.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "New York State Animal – Beaver". New York State Library. 2001-01-29. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/animal.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ a b "More New York State Emblems: State Beverage, Muffin, Shell, Insect". New York State Library. 2000-12-22. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/bevfmsi.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15. [dead link]
- ^ "New York State Reptile". State Symbols USA. http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/New_York/reptile_snappingturtle.html. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ a b "State symbols and emblems". Net State. 2008-03-29. http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/ny_symb.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
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- ^ "New York State Tree – Sugar Maple". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/tree.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "New York State Bush". State Symbols USA. http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/New_York/bush_lilac.html. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "New York State Flower – Rose". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/flower.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "New York State Gem- Garnet". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/gem.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "New York State Fossil – Eurypterus Remipes". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/fossil.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
- ^ "New York State Fruit – Apple". New York State Library. 1997-06-16. http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/emblems/fruit.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
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