Cuomo Heads To US Virgin Islands To Assess Irma Storm Damage

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The Governor has pledged to see how NY can provide assistance to jumpstart recovery in affected areas.

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

"As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government", says Governor Cuomo. One hundred members of the New York Army National Guard's 105th Military Police Company, along with 30 members of the New York State Police, will deploy to the U.S. Virgin Islands this weekend to provide local authorities with security support on the island of St. Thomas. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Governor Cuomo deployed 130 Airmen from the New York Air National Guard's106th Rescue Wing, three HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters, and two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and three Zodiac inflatable rescue boats to assist with initial search and rescue efforts.

Governor Cuomo flew out to the U.S. Virgin Islands this morning to survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday $25 million in federal funding will be distributed throughout New York to address the opioid crisis. "God forbid, something happens in NY, we'll have them on the first aircraft back".


Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement of resources for the islands after touring hurricane-ravaged areas there on Friday. We have a special connection with NY, as more US Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as NY than any other state in the nation.

The trip likely will fuel speculation about Cuomo's interest in running for president in 2020.

Cuomo spoke on MSNBC about the trip to the Virgin Islands and was asked if he has aspirations for the White House.

"I love what I'm doing".

Cuomo will bring an assessment team to figure out how the state can best help the islands recover from Hurricane Irma, which drove 150-mile-an-hour winds across St. Thomas and St. John.

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