September 16, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Relief Efforts for Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian

Governor Cuomo Announces Relief Efforts for Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian

Expands Donation Drive for Nonperishable Goods at Strategic Locations Across New York State

Urges New Yorkers to Donate to Nonprofit Partner Organizations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a statewide donation drive to help the people of the Bahamas recover and rebuild following Hurricane Dorian. To help with the effort, starting Monday, September 16, the Governor will work with the Bahamian Consulate to expand the number of drop sites for priority donations of food, dry goods and personal hygiene. The Governor 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," Governor Cuomo 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."

The Bahamas is an important economic partner with the United States and New York specifically. As of July 2019, the U.S. imported $239 million and exported $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% of all vessel imports.

"Severe weather events are impacting areas around the world and devastating countless lives," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We all know the impact these storms can have, and how challenging the recovery process can be. This has been especially true for the Bahamas. This statewide donation drive is part of our efforts to help businesses and families recover and rebuild after the devastation. 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."

Assembly Member Nick Perry said, "When our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean face natural disasters, it's important that we express our concerns in not just words, but also in our deeds. The people of the Bahamas are in great need of our support and charity. I join with Governor Cuomo to appeal to all New Yorkers to give as generously as possible in support of our relief efforts as we endeavor to assist the Bahamian people following the destruction left by Hurricane Dorian."

Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., President, CEO/Founder, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, "New Yorkers have experienced the devastation wrought by a hurricane first hand, and we will always be ready to help those in their time of need. As the people in the Bahamas struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian, these supplies will provide individuals and families the support and care they need to get back on their feet. I thank the Governor for expanding the number of supply drop off locations across the state, and I encourage all New Yorkers to lend a helping hand and make donates."

Donation Drive
Across New York people are encouraged to drop off dry goods and personal hygiene items for donation at selected locations between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The New York State staffed drop-off sites are:

New York City
Chisolm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jacob Javits Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Jamaica Street Armory
93-05 168th Street
Queens, NY 11432

Roberto Clemente State Park
301 W Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453

Empire State Plaza Main Concourse
100 South Mall Arterial
Albany, NY 12242

Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building
65 Court Street
Buffalo, NY 13202

Senator John Hughes State Office Building
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Additional Drop Locations in New York City, provided by the Bahamian Consulate include:
Bahamas House
231 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

Adam Clayton Powell Bldg
163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

New Covenant Dominion Cathedral
1175 Boston Road
Bronx, NY 10456

New Covenant Dominion Church
3601 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10469

Memorial Presbyterian Church
189 Babylon Turnpike
Roosevelt, NY 11575

United Methodist Church
125-22 150th Street
South Ozone Park, NY 11436

Partner Organizations Recommended by the Bahamian Consulate
Bahamian officials recommend monetary donations be sent to the following nonprofit charities:

The Bahamas Humane Society

Bahamas National Trust

Grand Bahama Children's Home

Hands For Hunger

Lend a Hand Bahamas

The Rotary Club of East Nassau

The Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel - 1 242-361-4124

The Bahamas Red Cross Society

The Bahamas Red Cross Society-Abaco

The Bahamas Red Cross Society-Grand Bahama


YMCA Grand Bahama Trading as YMCA Grand Bahama

Needed Post-Hurricane Dorian Relief Supplies
Dry Soups
Assorted Cookies
Peanut Butter
Evaporated Milk
Canned meats
Canned fish
Lemon Juice
Dry Cereal (assorted)
Wipes (individual packages)
Diapers (assorted sizes)
Baby Milk (can/assorted)
Baby Cereal (assorted)
Feminine Hygiene Products
Paper Towels
Insect Repellent Soap

New York's Ongoing Support for Dorian Victims
This is the latest effort to support those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Over the past several weeks, the Governor also dispatched specialized crews to assist states with emergency missions, including a 25-person Incident Management Team from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services which was sent to Florida and 34 water rescue personnel from the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and Department of Environmental Conservation which was sent to North Carolina. With hurricane impacts being less than anticipated in those locations, all crews have since returned to New York.


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