Cuomo Owes California Guv Some Braun Oysters After Losing Stanley Cup Bet

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photo credit: Tom W. Ratcliffe III

Even though the Rangers may have lost the 2014 Stanley Cup finals, the news isn’t all bad. Thanks to a peculiar wager by the governors of the competing states, East End Long Island will get to show California one of its great products–North Fork oysters.

Just a few weeks before the finals, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and California Governor Jerry Brown put local products on the line, hoping their teams would win. When the L.A. Kings won 4-1 over the NY Rangers, Cuomo owed Brown a New York gift basket, including oysters from Braun Seafood Company in Cutchogue.

Also included in the gift basket are other New York products: Spiedle marinade, chicken wing sauce from Buffalo, a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes, Gianelli Hot Italian Sausage, Sammy and Annie Food’s Chicken Riggie Pasta Sauce Starter, Parker’s Pure New York Maple, Saratoga kettle chips, apples from Fishkill Farms, and red velvet cupcakes.

The bet has been highly criticized and many people have been vocal about the ridiculousness of what Cuomo has put on the line. But Long Island is proud and excited to show California its North Fork oysters!

Besides, New York didn’t really want what California was going to send Cuomo if the Rangers had won: a California history book and Lightly Salted Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes.