Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday visited Israel on a one-day trip aimed to boost economic ties between the country and NY and pledge solidarity amid growth in anti-Semitic acts.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back in NY today after paying tribute to victims of the holocaust in Israel.
"We believe this is actually an opportune time to enhance the relationship because to the extent anyone believes that they can separate the NY people or the Jewish community or the NY people from Israel, they are sadly mistaken".
He will return to NY on Monday. "With the recent rise of anti-Semitism, it is more important than ever before to demonstrate the connection between NY and Israel, our intertwined histories and our common futures, and spearhead new economic partnerships to bring our communities closer together".
The expedition is paid for with state funds through a 2015 initiative for trade missions to Mexico, Canada, Italy, China, and Cuba.
Governor Cuomo toured Holocaust museum Yad Vashem with Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of the Libraries. "New York's principles are built on a rock, they will not change, and the political wind will not change them", he said.
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"We have made it clear that there will be no tolerance for these acts of anti-Semitism".
" The second goal of this trip is 'Hineini, ' I am here, I have been here before, and I will be here again", he added.
The visit comes after the toppling of Jewish headstones at cemeteries.
The Israeli president, whose role is mostly ceremonial, also said "the same appreciation goes to President Trump, who condemned the recent attacks".
During his trip, Governor Cuomo also designated the first Sunday in June as Shimon Peres day in honor of the late Peres.
"We can never, ever, let that change", he added. He'll also host a New York State-Israel Economic Development working lunch with the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.