Congressman Anthony Brindisi was joined by local elected officials and dairy farmers at the DiNitto Farm in Marcy on Monday to their voice opposition to the New York City education department's proposal to ban chocolate milk in public schools.

Brindisi says the ban of flavored milk is the latest downstate policy move that would hurt upstate dairy farmers.

photo courtesy of Congressman Brindisi's Office

He's say data shows that more than two-thirds of milk served in school is flavored and is essential to kids getting the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

"Banning flavored milk hurts our kids and our hardworking farmers," Brindisi said. "The data shows that banning flavored milk results in less nutrients for kids, more waste in our lunchrooms, and fewer jobs for our dairy workers. I am calling on the Mayor and New York City to reject a ban of flavored milk in schools so that our kids can continue to get the nutrients they need from milk-in whatever flavor they like."

Brindisi has sent a bipartisan letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio highlighting the importance of flavored milk in schools.

photo courtesy of Congressman Brindisi's Office