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Cuomo deploys resources to Puerto Rico and disses Trump as island prepares for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall

2019-08-28

In this file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, and former Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia, right, walk through the streets of historic San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Jose R. Madera/AP)

ALBANY ? Gov. Cuomo is sending state resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Dorian bears down on the Caribbean.

Cuomo took a shot at President Trump’s previous responses to devastating storms as he announced Wednesday that the New York Power Authority is deploying a team of personnel to monitor the storm and will be ready to help if needed.

“After President Trump and the federal administration shamefully treated the people of Puerto Rico like second class citizens following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, New York State stepped up to help – and we’re doing it again now,” Cuomo said. “The islands are still building back after the devastation of past storms, making them even more vulnerable to the impending hurricane."

An additional 100 State Troopers and specialized response teams are also on standby and ready to assist with rescues or other emergency situations.

“The family of New York stands with the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and as always we will do everything in our power to assist during difficult times,” the governor added.