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New York State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

For the latest symbols information, visit the NETSTATE CHRONICLE.

DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


New York State Legislature. Consolidated Laws of New York: State Laws <http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/MENUGETF.cgi?COMMONQUERY=LAWS+&TARGET=VIEW> Accessed January 11, 2011.
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Animal Beaver (Castor canadensis) 1975
Beverage Milk 1981
Bird Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1970
Bush Lilac bush (Syringa vulgaris) 2006
Dog Service dog 2015
Fresh-water fish Brook or Speckled Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1975
Flag Find out more... 1901
Flower Rose 1955
Fossil Sea scorpion (Eurypterus remipes) 1984
Fruit Apple (Genus Malus) 1976
Gem Garnetadobe document 1969
Great seal Find out more... 1882
Insect Ladybug (Coccinella novemnotata) 1989
Marine or salt water fish Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) 2006
Muffin Apple muffin 1987
Reptile Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) 2006
Shell Bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) 1988
Slogan "I love New York" 2009
Snack Yogurt 2014
Tree Sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh) 1956

Making laws in New York

The New York State Senate offers How a Bill Becomes Law to help us understand how laws are made in New York. You might also find their section on Frequently Asked Questions interesting.

The New York State Assembly provides a "Kids Page" that contains information about the Legislature and the State Assembly in particular. The section titled What is the Assembly? is geared towards 7-12 graders, but there is also lots of the same information available for younger students as well.

Additional Information

New York State Information: This page is provided, by the New York State Library, to help people find some commonly-sought information about New York State. It includes a list of state symbols.

New York State Symbols: State Symbols information provided by the New York State Department of Economic Development.

Symbols of New York State: Information about some of the state symbols from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

New York Facts and Symbols
New York
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

New York Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major New York symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.

State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."

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