Cuomo Welcomes Italian President, Plans Trade Mission

NEW YORK (AP) -
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday attends a reception at the Guggenheim Museum welcoming Italian President Sergio Mattarella to New York City. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday attends a reception at the Guggenheim Museum welcoming Italian President Sergio Mattarella to New York City. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday night he will lead a trade trip to Italy, a country that he says has a special relationship with his state and the nation.

The Democrat, who is himself Italian-American, made his comments at a reception held at the Guggenheim Museum for visiting Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Cuomo told Mattarella that he should feel at home in New York, which is home to 3 million Italian-Americans. He said it was an honor and a “special treat” for him to host the president because of the Cuomo family’s ties to the European country and because of the many contributions made by Italian-Americans.

“If you want to know what state has more Italian Americans than any other state in the United States,” Cuomo said, “the state is the great state of New York, Mr. President.”