Texas Governor Rick Perry continued his swing through the city Wednesday, hoping to lure some New York businesses to the Lone Star State.
The visit is part of an ongoing effort by the former Republican presidential candidate to push Texas as an alternative to states like New York, where companies are likely to pay a higher tax rate.
Perry said his business-poaching initiative should be welcomed as a source of friendly competition and dialogue.
"The state of New York will not be stronger unless there are people that come and push them, tax-wise, regulatory-wise, legal system-wise, educationally, and all the policies," Perry said. "If that doesn't occur, you will not be as competitive as you could be."
Perry also took the opportunity to lay some criticism on Governor Andrew Cuomo.
On Wednesday, he doubled down on a challenge for New York's chief executive to debate him on economic and cultural issues.
Both Cuomo and Perry could be considering runs for the White House in two years.
So far, Cuomo has not responded to Perry's challenge.