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Gov. Cuomo To Visit Israel For Solidarity, Trade Mission

June 26, 2019 - 3:48 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Following the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit Israel this week to reinforce the state’s support of the Jewish community.

While the trip will look to strengthen ties between New York and Israel, Gov. Cuomo and state officials will also be looking to increase business opportunities.

"The focus of our trip really has two messages. Number one is that New York is open for business and continuing the economic synergy between New York and Israel," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. "Second message is a message of solidarity. There has been a scourge of anti-Semitic activity in this country, and I believe it is a symptom of the division and intolerance that is being spread throughout this county. I want the people of Israel to know that it is personally offensive to me, and all New Yorkers are outraged at this rash of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has no place in New York State, we have no tolerance for it and we will prosecute it wherever we find it."

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, New York State already has more business with the nation than anywhere else in the United States. There are $5 billion in exports and $8 billion in imports.

Cuomo says he wants those numbers to continue to grow and specifically looked towards navigation devices used in self-driving cars.

He told reporters: “If you're doing all this development in terms of navigational systems, why don't these companies think about an application for train and rail?”

He believes the systems could help the MTA and other rail systems in the state.

The governor says that this is his personal to him, so he's bringing his three daughters on the trip.