By Tom Precious
ALBANY -– Don’t know what to get that relative who moved to North Carolina? Deciding between a scarf and socks for your kid for Christmas? New York State has the answer: I LOVE NY gear.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today the launch of an online store -– www.ILoveNY.com – that will offers some twists on the original I LOVE NY logo. For $24.95, you can buy an I LOVE NY T-shirt where the LOVE heart logo is replaced with a Buffalo using the Buffalo Bills vintage 1962 graphic. [It’s the one item for sale with a shout-out to the Buffalo football team.]
Other items -– with logos featuring images of a racehorse, a sailboat, a wine glass, a fish or any number of activities with some sort of New York tourism angle -- include mugs, magnets, pins and vinyl totes. An assortment of I LOVE LGBT gear is also for sale. A messenger bag, at $34.95, appears to be the most expensive item.
Officials are calling it "The Collection."
The Bills T-shirts was approved through a licensing deal by the team and the NFL.
"The Buffalo Bills management asked the league to be a part of the I LOVE NY logo campaign, and we thought it was a great way for Buffalo Bills fans to combine their love of the team and their affection for the great state of NY," said Leo Kane, the NFL’s senior vice president of consumer brands, in a statement released by the governor’s office.