Sometimes, the New York State Senate makes it too easy.
The Senate’s epic floor debate on yogurt and all things snack foods continues to make the late-night-comedy rounds, garnering a full opening segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show late Thursday night.
Host Jon Stewart lampooned the Senate for more than eight minutes, showing lengthy clips from what he called “maybe the best 40 minutes any legislative chamber anywhere in the country has ever spent.” (Last week, the State Senate voted to make yogurt the official state snack.) Stewart even had time to gather some analysis from Senior State Snack Correspondent Jessica Williams, who stood in front of a green screen image of a building that kinda/ sorta looked like the state Capitol but wasn’t.
He closed with a message to the state Assembly, which would have to pass the bill before it reaches Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.
“Before the Assembly takes up debate on Bill A8994, I want to remind them that when it comes to yogurt attaining the designation of state snack, I must reinforce to our representatives that the good people of New York do not give a (expletive),” Stewart said. “I think I speak for many New Yorkers.”
Stewart continued: “As far as many New Yorkers are concerned, our state snack is who gives a (expletive); a perfect companion to our state flower, who (expletive)-ing cares; and our state bird, which is the kind you flip.”
The idea for a bill came from a fourth grade class at Byron-Bergen Elementary School in Genesee County, which penned a letter to all state lawmakers urging them to support it. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, Erie County, who Stewart joked is the “Ken Jennings of yogurt.” To see the Comedy Central segment and to read more of the Albany blog, go to VoteUpNY.com.