Cuomo Heads To US Virgin Islands To Assess Irma Storm Damage

NY has already deployed Air National Guard aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue. On September 11, 10 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters and 55 soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed to assist in the Hurricane Irma response in Florida.

Cuomo will travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, September 15 to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The governor warned that the islands face "a long road to rebuild" but stressed that NY would stand with them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement of resources for the islands after touring hurricane-ravaged areas there on Friday.

Cuomo said it will also support statewide prevention and recovery programs.

Cuomo says NY stands ready to assist the Virgin islands "in any way we can".


Cuomo toured the island at the request of U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp, a Brooklyn native and former city cop.

Mapp said the visit will help "get the word out to the wider American community that the people of the Virgin Islands need help".

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered state agencies and law enforcement not to ask about or reveal anyone's immigration status, his latest move to buffer NY from President Trump's immigration enforcement agenda. Additionally, Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing deployed a satellite communication team with seven personnel to MS using a C-17 aircraft on Sunday, September 10 as part of the Hurricane Irma response and support for the Florida National Guard.

The Democrat visited the Virgin Islands Friday to survey storm damage to better understand how NY can assist in the recovery.

"Right now we have a relatively quiet time in that regard in NY so we have deployed to Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands", Cuomo said in NY1 on Friday morning from Westchester County Airport before he left.

The trip will likely fuel speculation about a possible presidential campaign.

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