Cuomo promises NY's help for US Virgin Islands

Governor Cuomo pledged to identify how NY can best provide additional assistance to the impacted area as they begin the recovery process. "Entire power system, aboveground power system knocked down, poles broken like twigs all over the island".

"Opioid addiction devastates the lives of afflicted New Yorkers and their families, and it is critical that we continue to fight against this epidemic", Governor Cuomo said.

The visit was requested by U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, according to Cuomo's office.

NY is sending National Guard troops and State Police to the U.S. Virgin Islands this weekend to help with the cleanup after Hurricane Irma destroyed much of the Caribbean islands.

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

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Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition - which has organized a number of actions in response to Trump's immigration enforcement agenda - said the move is a "forceful statement from Governor Cuomo that immigrants are not the enemy".

He was born in Brooklyn. "I'm focusing on being the best governor in this state", Cuomo responded.

Andrew Cuomo says he was surprised by the level of devastation from Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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 help with search and rescue. This initial mission concluded earlier this week. On September 11, 10 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters and 55 soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade deployed to assist in the Hurricane Irma response in Florida. NY has already deployed aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue.

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