CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Fidel Castro, a figure who shaped history and is known for bringing the world to the edge of nuclear warfare, has died at the age of 90.
His death inspired reactions from world leaders and individuals around the globe.
John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade Economic Council, Inc. who also operates Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart in Cheektowaga, spoke of how he sees Castro's death immediately and ultimately affecting Cuba and its allies.
He says the immediate effects are fairly subtle as Castro's brother Raul Castro is still in power. He also explained with Castro aging and becoming more frail for about a decade, many in Cuba and elsewhere had already started to prepare for what his death would mean for the future.
Kavulich says Cuba and the U.S. will now focus more intently on February of 2018 when President Raul Castro steps down, and the government will no longer be run by the Castro family.
"We still have a Castro Cuba," he said. "We don't yet have a post-Castro Cuba -- but we will. February 24, 2018 is now the moment that everyone is pivoting to."