Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday banned nonessential, state-funded travel to Indiana over its religious freedom law that some say allows stores to refuse service if they consider it immoral.
The ban applies to all state agencies and public colleges and universities — meaning students would not be able to go to athletic or academic events.
Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a similar ban Tuesday on city-sponsored travel to Indiana.
Ed Cox, the New York state Republican Party chairman, dismissed the ban as a stunt and noted that Cuomo plans a visit next month to Cuba.
“Now that Andrew Cuomo has banned travel to Indiana, he can cancel his upcoming trip to Cuba,” Cox said. “Or he can admit that both moves are political stunts meant to bolster his national profile with no grounding in reality or substance.”