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Cuomo, economic leaders head to Cuba

Gov. Andrew CuomoReuters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Cuba on Monday, making him the first governor to visit the island since President Barack Obama restored diplomatic ties with the country late last year.

Healthcare, education, business and financial leaders from across the state will accompany the governor on his trade mission.

Representatives planning to travel to the island are from companies such as Jet Blue, Pfizer, Chobani, and SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher will attend the mission. Elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, are attending as well,.

“The representatives in New York's delegation will help ensure Empire State companies are at the front of the line as the door opens to a market that has been closed to U.S. enterprise for over half a century,” Cuomo said in a statement. “These industry leaders will serve as ambassadors for all that New York State has to offer and will help form the foundation for a strong economic relationship between New York and Cuba as legal restrictions on trade are eased in the future.”

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