- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will lead a trade trip to Italy, a country that he says has a special relationship with his state and the nation.

The Democratic governor, who is himself Italian-American, made his comments Wednesday night at a reception held at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan for visiting Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Cuomo told Mattarella that he should feel at home in New York, which is home to 3 million Italian-Americans. He said it was an honor and a “special treat” for him to host the president because of the Cuomo family’s ties to the European country and because of the many contributions made by Italian-Americans.

Cuomo says his trade mission to Italy will strengthen ties between that country and New York.

No dates have been set for the trip.

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