Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s five-day trip to New York State and Connecticut to recruit businesses won’t include Long Island, a gubernatorial spokeswoman said Thursday.
Perry wants to lure companies from the firearm, financial services and pharmaceuticals industries to Texas with promises of lower taxes and fewer regulations. The industries have players in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Perry’s trip, which begins Sunday, has sparked controversy because of his direct criticism of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “New New York” advertising blitz aimed at undercutting the perception that the Empire State is a high-tax center. A public-private group controlled by Perry is spending more than $1 million on television and radio ads in the metropolitan area.
“We’re still finalizing the schedule but it doesn’t look like we’re going to make it out to Long Island,” a Perry spokeswoman said Thursday. The governor will hold receptions for business executives elsewhere in New York.
Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, has made similar recruitment visits to other states, including Illinois recently.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said this week that Perry’s trip was another reason why the state Legislature should adopt Cuomo’s plan for tax-free zones near SUNY campuses and some private universities.
Other states' governors have visited Long Island to woo businesses away. Last year, Virginia's Bob McDonnell and Florida's Rick Scott toured Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.'s plants in Edgewood and Brentwood before the company recommitted to staying here.