NY Gov. Cuomo to attend funeral of Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. A spokeswoman for Israel's former President Shimon Peres says the 92-year-old is being rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains it was reported on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will head to Israel to attend the funeral of former Israeli statesman Shimon Peres.

The Democratic governor plans to leave New York on Thursday.

Cuomo noted that his state is home to more than 1.7 million Jews and says New York has a “special relationship” with Israel.

He will join a list of several dignitaries at Friday’s funeral for Peres, one that includes former President Bill Clinton, Britain’s Prince Charles and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Peres, a former president and prime minister, died Wednesday at the age of 93.

Cuomo says he will honor Peres as a friend to all New Yorkers and to “all defenders of peace across the world.”

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