Cuomo deploys National Guard to US Virgin Islands


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

The Democratic governor told The Associated Press when he returned home that NY stands ready to do whatever it can to assist in recovery efforts.

Cuomo was invited to survey the damage by U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, a native New Yorker.

Cuomo, who planned to return to NY on Friday night, said the assistance from NY would not come at the expense of any needs in the state. "God forbid, something happens in NY, we'll have them on the first aircraft back".

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's seen firsthand the damage done to the U.S. Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma and that his state stands ready to help.

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

The Democrat visited the Virgin Islands Friday to survey storm damage to better understand how NY can assist in the recovery. 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. "Transportation for this humanitarian mission was donated to the state delegation by John Catsimatidis at no cost to taxpayers", spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, adding the state ethics commission signed off on the supermarket magnate's gift "based on the emergency situation".

"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 in a statement.

Cuomo spoke on MSNBC about the trip to the Virgin Islands and was asked if he has aspirations for the White House. "I focus on one thing at a time".