Amphibian Politics

As the bill to have yogurt the State snack churns towards Cuomo’s desk, a bill sponsored by Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) proposes making the wood frog the official State amphibian. The idea leapt from a fourth grader named Lili Winkelman, who offered this eloquently adorable argument in favor of the bill: “Number 1: Fast. Number 2: Awesome. Number Three: Frogtastic.”

Nevertheless, some senators were not convinced. Sen. John Bonacic (R-Hudson Valley) took issue with “empowering a particular species [because it] dilutes property rights in the name of overregulation.”

Ultimately, the bill hopped easily through the Senate, passing 53-4, according to published reports.

Still waiting to be passed by the Senate: raising the municipal minimum wage, a woman’s right to choose, the DREAM Act…