Business leader says Cuomo's 2015 trip to Cuba was a trade 'waste'

04.22.16 | Bob Price

It has been exactly one-year since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a trade trip to Cuba and at least one business leader says the taxpayer-funded excursion was a huge bust.

John Kavulich with the U.S.-Cuba Trade Council calls the governor's trip to the communist island nation "a $200,000, 24-hour visit to Cuba for a photo op."

He says seven New York-based companies that went with the governor to Cuba have had no measurable increase in business with the communist state since the trip.

The Cuomo administration hopes the recent thawing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba will lead to even more business ventures with Havana.