New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken his campaign for a second term to the Caribbean, with stops in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Following a meeting Friday with Dominican President Danilo Medina, Cuomo said he wants to encourage closer international ties and will return on a trade mission if he wins re-election next month.

Cuomo noted the growing political and economic power of Dominicans living in New York and said it's a positive trend for both places.

Cuomo plans to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday afternoon before heading home.

More than a million New Yorkers are of Puerto Rican or Dominican heritage.

Cuomo has said he'll lead trade missions to several nations to increase foreign trade.

Cuomo faces Republican Rob Astorino in next month's election.