Biotech, software, financial services, air travel and yogurt are among the New York business sectors joining Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on his inaugural trade mission to Cuba this week.
“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 said in a statement.
Included are Long Island City-based JetBlue and the upstate Plattsburgh International Airport, MasterCard, yogurt maker Chobani and the Finger Lakes’ Cayuga Milk Ingredients.
NYC’s Infor, which makes enterprise software applications for a variety of industries, is also part of the delegation, as is the state university system. Pharma and biotech are well represented, with the NY Genome Center, Pfizer, Regeneron and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute sending representatives.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the co-leader of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference, Jeffrey Klein, will also fly, as will Howard Zemsky, the new head of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development arm.