NEW YORK -
New York's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released the following statement about how the state is willing to help communities that expected to be in the path of Hurricane Irma:
"New York is no stranger to the challenges of Mother Nature's fury and we stand ready to help communities grappling with the consequences of extreme weather.
"Just as New York stood shoulder to shoulder with Texas and Louisiana during Hurricane Harvey, we will provide any support and assistance we can for the people of Puerto Rico, Florida, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands in the path of Hurricane Irma. We are in communication with Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, Governor Rick Scott of Florida and others and we have offered assistance before and following the storm.
"As our neighbors and friends brace for Irma, we have offered personnel, equipment and whatever else is needed. The 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard is on standby and ready to ship out and assist impacted communities.
"We, unfortunately, have much first-hand experience with extreme weather and its aftermath. Just as others have helped New York recover from Sandy, Irene, Lee, and other severe, and increasingly common, '100-year storms,' we will be there for those who need our help."
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