NY lawmakers OK baseball as official state sport

The Auburn Doubledays take on Batavia under the lights at Falcon Park July 9, 2019. 

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill approved by state legislators this week, New York will have an official state sport. 

The state Assembly, by a 147-2 vote early Thursday, passed the legislation designating baseball as the official state sport. It followed the state Senate’s approval of the bill on Monday. 

The measure will be sent to Cuomo for final approval. While the governor’s office hasn’t indicated whether he will sign the bill, he is a New York Mets fan and his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, briefly played minor league baseball. 

Former state Sen. Jim Seward first introduced the bill in 2017 after receiving a letter from Anne Reis’s fourth-grade class at Cooperstown Elementary School. Seward represented Cooperstown, which is in the 51st Senate District and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Reis told The Citizen in 2017 that her class researched what could be New York’s official sport during state history lessons. They learned there were other official designations and wrote essays in support of making baseball the official state sport. 

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