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New York governor, other officials head to Israel ‘in solidarity’

ALBANY, New York — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state legislators are headed to Israel this week for a two-day visit as a “demonstration of solidarity” with that country in the conflict in Gaza, the Democratic governor announced Sunday.

Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein will travel to Israel on Tuesday. Cuomo said the delegation would meet with Israeli leaders and visit residents affected by the fighting.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at press conference at pride parade on June 26, 2011 in New York City, NY. (Photo credit:  Andrew Cuomo image via Shutterstock)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at press conference at pride parade on June 26, 2011 in New York City, NY. (Photo credit: Andrew Cuomo image via Shutterstock)

“Friends stand together in times of crisis, and I am proud to lead this bipartisan delegation to Israael to reaffirm our friendship and support,” Cuomo says in a statement emailed to reporters.

“New York has always had a special relationship with Israel. As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person,” he says

Others accompanying the delegation include Cuomo’s brother-in-law, designer Kenneth Cole, and publisher Mort Zuckerman.

Cuomo’s office said this will be his fourth trip to Israel.

— AP

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