NY governor announces statewide relief efforts for The Bahamas

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a statewide donation drive to help the people of The Bahamas recover and rebuild following Hurricane Dorian.

To help with the effort, the governor said he will work with the Bahamian Consulate in New York to expand the number of drop sites for priority donations of food, dry goods and personal hygiene.

Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to donate these “desperately-needed items” to the nearest drop site and encouraging people to donate money to UNICEF and nonprofit partner organizations recommended by the Consulate.

“We understand all too well how devastating and difficult it is to recover from a hurricane,” he said. “In New York, we have a long and proud history of helping those in need; and, with thousands of Bahamians still suffering in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we will do everything in our power to help this community rebuild.”

Supplies being shipped to areas of The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.

The governor noted that the Bahamas is an “important economic partner” with the United States and New York specifically.

As of July 2019, he said the US imported US$239 million and exported US$1.97 billion worth of goods from the Bahamas. The value of container cargo imported into the Port of New York from the Bahamas has previously been about 14 per cent of all vessel imports, the governor said.

“This statewide donation drive is part of our efforts to help businesses and families recover and rebuild after the devastation,” she added. “We encourage all New Yorkers to donate to help ensure people in the Bahamas have the essential supplies they need as the recovery process continues.”