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Cuomo surveys damage in US Virgin Islands

Gov. Cuomo shakes hands with Governor Kenneth Mapp, as he arrives in the Virgin Islands to assess damage from Hurricane Irma. Gov. Cuomo shakes hands with Governor Kenneth Mapp, as he arrives in the Virgin Islands to assess damage from Hurricane Irma. | Photo: NY Governor's Office.

September 15, 2017 06:57 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's seen firsthand the damage done to the U.S. Virgin Islands by Hurricane Irma and that his state stands ready to help.
    
The Democrat visited the Virgin Islands Friday to survey storm damage to better understand how New York can assist in the recovery.
    
Cuomo says he saw wrecked buildings and utility poles snapped "like twigs."
    
New York has already deployed Air National Guard aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue. Other units have traveled to Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Puerto Rico following hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
    
The trip will likely fuel speculation about a possible presidential campaign. Cuomo, who says he'll seek a third term as governor, was asked to visit by Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp, a native New Yorker.
 

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