News 12’s Tara Rosenblum joins Gov. Cuomo on trip to Israel

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived in Israel Thursday morning on a trip aimed at strengthening economic ties and showing support following recent anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S.

News 12's Tara Rosenblum traveled exclusively with the governor to Israel as the only American TV station capturing Thursday’s high-stakes meetings. Her exclusive one on one was a rare sitdown for Gov. Cuomo, who rarely ever sits down with television reporters.

Cuomo told Rosenblum that his primary mission is to send a strong message against anti-Semitism, which is surging in New York state and across the United States. The problem is so worrisome that it is now the focal point of an in-depth networkwide News 12 investigation called "Hate at Home."

Cuomo’s mission is two-fold. It's his third visit to the Holy Land, which is not only intended to be a solidarity trip but a trade mission as well.

He started the trip with private meetings with the prime minister, the president and then top technology leaders at the King David Hotel.  He is looking to Israeli software developers to help modernize the MTA navigation system. He's also laser-focusing in on their drone technology.

After that meeting, Gov. Cuomo went one on one with News 12’s Tara Rosenblum, in which he laid out his blueprint for tackling anti-Semitism.

"First, it violates the law. And the law is the law. Be more aggressive, more effective in enforcing the law,” he says. “We passed the toughest hate crime laws in the country. You cannot discriminate against a person. If you are violent in your discrimination, that is a crime.”

News 12 also asked the governor what it's been like for him to travel to Israel with his three daughters. It was their first time traveling there. He also discussed 2020.

Tara Rosenblum will have a full News 12 Investigates report on Monday starting at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.



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