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Gov-Elect Bryan To Meet With Washington Bigwigs

WASHINGTON — Virgin Islands Governor-elect Albert Bryan, Jr. said he will visit the nation’s capitol this week to meet with Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, along with Congressional leaders and Trump Administration officials.

Since announcing the leadership of his transition team during a press conference on Nov. 28, Governor-elect Bryan has met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for an initial briefing on the hurricane recovery efforts in the territory and with the financial advisors of the current administration.

“Last week I met with Governor Mapp’s financial team and with FEMA officials for initial briefings on the financial state of the territory and updates on the ongoing recovery and rebuilding effort,” Bryan said. “It is clear the challenges that lie ahead for the territory, and our transi-tion assessment teams are hard at work identifying the vulnerabilities. They will provide the Bryan-Roach administration with their analyses which we will consider in our imme-diate actions to address these and other issues.”

Governor-elect Albert Bryan (D-VI) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) will host a joint press conference on Dec. 11 to discuss the federal government’s ongoing role in the hurricane recovery efforts and the Governor-elect’s meetings in Washington, D.C.

“I am looking forward to meeting with our Delegate to Congress and other Congressional leaders this week and with key administration officials to not only continue working on the hurricane recovery, but also to begin a working relationship with our administration, Congress, and The White House,” Governor-elect Bryan added.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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