WASHINGTON (WKBW) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is sending 1,000 New York National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. to help with the presidential transition of power.
A spokesperson for the governor says this was at the request of the United States National Guard.
Cuomo: "At the request of US National Guard officials, I am deploying 1K members of the NY National Guard to D.C. for up to 2 weeks to aid & facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power."— Melissa DeRosa (@melissadderosa) January 7, 2021
Gov. Cuomo issued the following statement
At the request of United States National Guard officials, I am deploying 1,000 members of the New York National Guard to Washington, D.C. for up to two weeks to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power. This deployment will not impact our state's ongoing efforts to contain and combat the COVID virus. For 244 years, the cornerstone of our democracy has been the peaceful transfer of power, and New York stands ready to help ensure the will of the American people is carried out, safely and decisively. God bless our brave men and women in uniform, and God bless the United States of America.