Cuomo in U.S. Virgin Islands to see Hurricane Irma damage, pledges recovery assistance

Posted at 2:35 PM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 14:36:45-04

Governor Cuomo flew out to the U.S. Virgin Islands this morning to survey damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The Governor has pledged to see how New York can provide assistance to jumpstart recovery in affected areas.

The trip comes after U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp asked Cuomo to assess the ruins.

Mapp said, "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."

Hurricane Irma hit the Islands on September 6th, leaving St. Thomas and St. John still without power.

The aftermath also threatens the Islands' economy. With many hotels and airports down, winter tourism comes to a halt.