Governor David A. Paterson and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley today announced that they have made an inter-state wager - a bushel for a bushel - on the New York Jets – Baltimore Ravens Monday Night Football game. Governor Paterson is staking a bushel of New York apples against Governor O'Malley's bushel of Maryland crabs, with the spoils going to the winning state following the season opener at the new Meadowlands Stadium on September 13.
"I am certain that the New York Jets, fresh from their second year of training camp at SUNY Cortland and on a path to a Super Bowl title this season, will be victorious and I look forward to snacking on some of Maryland's world famous crabs," Governor Paterson said. "In the unlikely event that the Ravens win, I will at least have the consolation that Governor O'Malley will be getting a bushel of the best apples on the planet. And because the game is on Monday night, I urge all New Yorkers to go on family-friendly apple picking trip this weekend."
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said: "Under Coach Harbaugh's leadership, the Ravens are poised for another year of domination, and that starts with week one in New York. I look forward to a certain Ravens victory Monday night, and to the bushel of apples that Governor Paterson will be sending our way. Should the unthinkable occur, I'm sure our bushel of Maryland's world-famous crabs will find a suitable home in New York to be enjoyed."
In making the wager, Governor Paterson highlighted New York's proud apple growing tradition and booming apple industry. The Empire State produces nearly 30 million bushels of apples each year from the more than 20 varieties of apple trees found in orchards throughout New York. The apple industry includes nearly 700 independent apple growers, and provides jobs for thousands of New Yorkers. The apples that will be shipped to Maryland in the unlikely event that the Ravens win on Monday come from Red Jacket Orchards located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. For more information about the State's apple industry, or for a list of apple farms in New York, please visit: http://www.nyapplecountry.com.
Earlier this summer Governor Paterson, joined the ranks of tens of thousands of other New Yorkers in visiting SUNY Cortland to watch the Jets summer training camp. In 2009, Governor Paterson played a key role in bringing the Jets training camp to SUNY Cortland, whose location and excellent facilities met the team's criteria for an ideal site. At Governor Paterson's direction, Empire State Development will provide SUNY Cortland with grants totaling up to $575,000, disbursed over a five-year period, to partially defray the capital expenses and non-capital expenditures associated with the Jets summer camp. These grants will also benefit SUNY Cortland and the surrounding community for years to come.