(PIX11) – On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo became the first sitting governor to visit Cuba since the United States announced its historic policy shift towards the communist-governed country in December.
Cuomo is heading the trade mission with the aim of establishing opportunities in Cuba for New York business leaders including JetBlue, MasterCard, Pfizer and Chobani, among others, to make sure that they are “at the front of the line as the door opens” to the Cuban economy.
“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,” Cuomo told reporters in a statement Sunday.
PIX11 reporter Joe Mauceri will be covering Cuomo’s trip to Cuba, and will be giving live updates on PIX11.com as the trip progresses. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeMauceriPIX11.