Taking a break from trying to tie extending rent regulation to a tax incentive sought by rich constituents, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced some very important news: New York State remains "the second highest producer of fresh maple syrup in America." Cuomo said, "Once again, New York’s maple syrup industry is thriving and breaking records in spite of tough conditions. Our state is an agricultural leader, with some of the most dedicated entrepreneurs and finest products around, and I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to discover this fantastic Empire State product for themselves."

New York produced a "modern record" of 601,000 gallons of maple syrup from 2.3 million taps across the state during the horrible winter. How horrible? Well, there were only 26 days to collect syrup, versus 40 days in 2013. The governor's office threw in some stats from the USDA: "[T]he amount of maple syrup produced in New York was up 10.1 percent from 2014 and 4.7 percent from the previous modern production record in 2013. New York State comfortably retained its distinction as the nation’s second-ranking producer of maple syrup, with an increased lead over third-ranked Maine by nearly 50,000 gallons. Vermont, at 1.39 million gallons of syrup, is the nation’s top producing state."

More fun facts: "The amount produced is the most since 1944, the last year before the beginning of a long drop-off in the number of tree taps and the yield of syrup per tap. New York’s resurgence began in 2008 as vacuum pumping systems began to replace the metal tree taps and hanging buckets that have signified maple syrup farming for centuries." This is what old-fashioned maple syrup gathering looks like:

New York State Maple Producers Association executive director Helen Thomas said, "The maple season started later and producers got a workout when they trudged through heavy snows to tap their tree. We are pleasantly surprised and very pleased to have had a short season turn into record production. We’re now approaching production levels from the beginning of the 20th century, and this is good news for producers and everyone who loves real maple syrup. Go and get some!"

You can get NY maple syrup products at Taste NY stores or online—we recommend the maple syrup sugar candy!