Cuomo Heads To US Virgin Islands To Assess Irma Storm Damage

Governor Cuomo pledged to identify how NY can best provide additional assistance to the impacted area as they begin the recovery process.

Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp will lead Cuomo on an assessment tour to determine if more aid from the state is needed.

"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.

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.

The aftermath also threatens the Islands' economy. Much of St. Thomas and St. John has been devastated and still remains without power as residents struggle to recover from the storm.

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Mapp thanked Cuomo for the assistance and for sharing his experiences from the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

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".

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the island on Thursday. "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".

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order barring state agencies from inquiring about someone's immigration status. Governor Mapp was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended both New York City Community College and the City University of New York.

NY has already deployed Air National Guard aircraft and personnel to the islands to help with search and rescue. "God forbid, something happens in NY, we'll have them on the first aircraft back". Other units have traveled to Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Puerto Rico following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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