NY Gov. Cuomo Travels to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Israel on an economic development and unity trip.

Cuomo left Saturday and will return Monday. He will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, tour Yad Vashem and the Kosel and attend a security briefing at Yerushalayim’s Old City Police Headquarters. He’ll also host a New York State-Israel Economic Development working lunch with the mayor of Yerushalayim.

Cuomo’s trip is an effort to attract international business investment. Its aim is to reinforce the historic relationship between New York and Israel and is part of the state’s effort to combat anti-Semitism.

In New York City alone, anti-Semitic hate crimes nearly doubled in the past year.