Cuomo promises NY's help for US Virgin Islands

"With this funding, we can offer expanded services and offer support to New Yorkers dealing with substance abuse, putting them on the road to recovery and helping to build a stronger, healthier Empire State for all".

"We have a special connection with NY, as more U.S. Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as NY than any other state in the nation", Mapp said. He deployed 130 members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, along with equipment, to the U.S. Virgin Islands in Irma's wake.

The aftermath also threatens the Islands' economy. Cuomo, who says he'll seek a third term, was asked to visit by Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, a native New Yorker.

"We not only have assets, but valuable experience on how to rebuild and recover following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and we are going to help in any way we can", he said. 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 vast task we have ahead.

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed to the U.S. More US Virgin Islands residents list their place of birth as NY than any other state in the nation. That search and rescue mission wrapped earlier this week.

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. NY has already deployed aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue. Other units have traveled to Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Puerto Rico following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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