Team Deployed at the Request of U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Mapp
Deployment Follows Governor Cuomo’s Assessment Tour and Recovery Mission to U.S. Virgin Islands
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced the deployment of members of the New York National Guard and personnel from the New York State Police to the U.S. Virgin Islands after touring areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. One hundred members of the New York Army National Guard’s 105th Military Police Company, along with 30 members of the New York State Police, will deploy to the U.S. Virgin Islands this weekend to provide local authorities with security support on the island of St. Thomas.
The team is being deployed at the request of U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, who also requested that Governor Cuomo travel to the region to survey the damage. Governor Cuomo traveled to the region yesterday, touring damage at the Estate Tutu Apartments on St. Thomas, visiting a supply distribution center and meeting with Governor Mapp and senior officials at the Government House. Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 6th, leaving St. Thomas and St. John heavily damaged after powerful winds at speeds greater than 150 miles per hour. Much of St. Thomas and St. John has been devastated and still remains without power as residents struggle to recover from the storm.
“After seeing the extent of Hurricane Irma’s devastation, I am deploying additional resources to support the U.S. Virgin Islands on the long path to recovery. New York State will send National Guard and State Police personnel to assist in the recovery efforts and lend a helping hand,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers know first-hand the damage Mother Nature’s fury can cause, and we are proud to be providing expertise, equipment, and personnel to support the U.S. Virgin Islands on their path to recovery, because helping neighbors in need is the New York way.”