Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Cuomo Announces New York-Israel Commission

Cuomo Announces New York-Israel Commission

Governor Cuomo toured Holocaust museum Yad Vashem with Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of the Libraries.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Israel on an economic development and unity trip. "New York's principles are built on a rock, they will not change, and the political wind will not change them", he said.

Members of the panel include Mort Zukerman, owner and publisher of the New York Daily News and the U.S. News and World Report, Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Faigin, and other leaders of the Jewish community in New York State.

"We have made it clear that there will be no tolerance for these acts of antisemitism", Cuomo said.

In a visit to Israel on Sunday, Cuomo, who traveled to Israel this weekend in a gesture of solidarity spurred by acts of anti-Semitism in the USA, made his first comments following the toppling of headstones at a Jewish cemetery this weekend in Brooklyn.

The taxpayer-funded trip, which included six government aides, also included an announcement by Cuomo that Israel and NY will create a commission to strengthen economic and cultural ties. He participated in a memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem's Hall of ‎Remembrance with President Reuven Rivlin.

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"The relationship between the Jewish community and the state of NY is built on mutual support and respect", Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in remarks before a tour of Israel's Holocaust memorial.

In New York City alone, anti-Semitic hate crimes almost doubled in the past year, according to NYPD data.

"We can never, ever, let that change", he added.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of his whirlwind trade mission and show of solidarity this weekend, his office announced Saturday.

This is Cuomo's second trip to Israel as Governor. "We applaud his recent efforts on behalf of the security of the Jewish community, the interests of the New York State non-public school community, and the State of Israel".

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