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Governor Mapp Seeks New York Governor’s Council In Overcoming the Territory’s Problems After Hurricane Irma

TALK TALK TALK: And more talk. Gov. Kenneth Mapp does what he does best, talk about the problems, rather than solving them. On Friday, Mapp asked New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help him get the islands back in shape.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was escorted by Gov. Kenneth Mapp on a tour of hurricane-ravaged areas of St. Thomas on Friday.

At a news conference afterward, Cuomo announced that his state is providing support with 100 National Guard Troops, 30 State Troopers, humvees and a vehicle called a “gator”, which can access areas difficult to reach.

Mapp said that he was “especially grateful for Governor Cuomo’s pledge of administrative assistance in navigating the local and federal bureaucracies involved with disaster relief accounting and other procedures.”

New York has the experience in such matters, Mapp noted, given its recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Governor Cuomo pledged that his government will help in any way it can. He said that, based on his own experience, Governor Mapp is doing everything right.

The New York governor said he was shocked that there were not more fatalities caused by Hurricane Irma after seeing the damages. Media coverage on the mainland, he stated, has not communicated the true extent of the destruction. He said he felt “the strength and resilience of the people” during his tour, adding that, “when things are at their worst, people are at their best.”

Mapp stated that Cuomo’s presence in the territory not only demonstrates the support of New York, but also helps get the word out everywhere that the U.S. Virgin Islands needs America’s help.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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