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Cuomo Visits Afghanistan, Seeks Increased Security In New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo spent the weekend in Afghanistan, as part of a contingent of four US governors on a trip to learn about counter terrorism measures.

Cuomo and the other governors were invited by the Defense Department, to receive briefings on counter terrorism efforts and increasing global threats, and to meet with the troops, including 270 Members of the New York National Guard and 900 Members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.

Cuomo held a conference call from the country.

“My goal is to have the most sophisticated homeland defense system ever designed by any state,” Cuomo said. “period.”

Until recently, Cuomo has made a point of not leaving New York State, even for vacations .The trip to Afghanistan is the second foreign visit the governor has made in the past month. He went to Israel in August.  He has a memoir out in October, all of which is fueling speculation that the governor may have bigger ambitions in the future, like running for President.  Cuomo says he’s just doing his job as Governor.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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