Cuomo departed Friday morning for the Caribbean islands and plans return home in the evening. He’ll survey the damage at the request of Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, who noted Cuomo’s experience following Superstorm Sandy.READ MORE: Nestlé Recalls DiGiorno Frozen Pizzas That Were Mislabeled, May Contain Allergen
Irma hit the islands on Sept. 6, leaving St. Thomas and St. John heavily damaged. Cuomo said New York stands ready to assist the Virgin islands “in any way we can.”READ MORE: Thousands Of Public School Teachers Await Court's Vaccine Mandate Decision
“New Yorkers stand with the U.S. Virgin Islands in their time of need, and it’s important to understand the full scope of the destruction in order to provide the kind of targeted assistance that will help the victims of this storm get back on their feet,” Cuomo said in a statement.
New York has already deployed Air National Guard aircraft and personnel to the islands to help with search and rescue. Other units have traveled to Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Puerto Rico following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.MORE NEWS: Some Health Care Workers Still Defiant As New York State Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect
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