Cuomo to assess Irma damage in US Virgin Islands

The one-day trip by the Democratic governor and his aides came after NY had already sent National Guard troops and supplies to Texas and Florida after hurricanes ripped through parts of the states in recent weeks. "Entire power system, aboveground power system knocked down, poles broken like twigs all over the island".

"He's on an unnecessary trip to the Virgin Islands when he needs to come home and do the job New Yorkers are paying him to do", state GOP Chairman Ed Cox said.

Irma hit the islands on September 6, leaving St. Thomas and St. John heavily damaged.

"New Yorkers know first-hand the damage Mother Nature's fury can cause, and we are proud to be providing expertise, equipment, and personnel to support the U.S. Virgin Islands on their path to recovery, because helping neighbors in need is the NY way", Cuomo said.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the island on Thursday. I want to thank the Governor, who has extensive experience in post storm recovery both from his time as HUD Secretary and as New York State Governor in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, for partnering with us in the enormous task we have ahead.

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"As someone who was born in Brooklyn and served in the 83rd precinct on Wilson avenue, I understand the resiliency and can-do attitude of New Yorkers".

Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies or state officers from inquiring about or sharing a person's immigration status. "I'm focusing on being the best governor in this state", Cuomo responded. More US Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as NY than any other state in the nation.

He added that New York's emergency responders and planners have experience dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes because of Sandy.

NY has already deployed Air National Guard aircraft and personnel to the islands to help with search and rescue.

The governor announced that 100 National Guard troops and 30 State Police members will be dispatched to St. Thomas to help with security on the island. Other units have traveled to Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Puerto Rico following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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