Cuomo will visit Virgin Islands to assess damage from Irma


Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 6th, leaving St. Thomas and St. John heavily damaged after powerful winds at speeds greater than 150 miles per hour.

"As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government", Cuomo said.

The governor warned that the islands face "a long road to rebuild" but stressed that NY would stand with them. "Entire power system, aboveground power system knocked down, poles broken like twigs all over the island".

"In the wake of Hurricane Irma, I invited Governor Cuomo to the US Virgin Islands to tour the damage and assist in our recovery effort", said Gov. Kenneth Mapp.

The Democrat visited the Virgin Islands Friday to survey storm damage to better understand how NY can assist in the recovery. Cuomo, who says he'll seek a third term as governor, was asked to visit by Mapp, a native New Yorker.

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He was born in Brooklyn. "We call on local law enforcement to follow the Governor's lead and look forward to working with the administration to successfully implement the order to best serve public safety and justice for all".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday $25 million in federal funding will be distributed throughout New York to address the opioid crisis.

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

He said 100 members of the New York Army National Guard and 30 members of the New York State Police will help with security in St. Thomas. "God forbid, something happens in NY, we'll have them on the first aircraft back". 124 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York National Guard were deployed to Texas following Hurricane Harvey and separately to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Irma.