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Cuomo promises assistance to states facing Hurricane Harvey

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised assistance Friday to Louisiana and Texas -- as residents in the states braced for potential damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Cuomo said in a statement that New York knows firsthand the dangers of nature's anger and has felt the damage that extreme weather can cause.

"I spoke with Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana a short time ago and offered our assistance before and following the storm. Just as this nation came together for New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York stands ready to provide these states with personnel, equipment and whatever else they might need," Cuomo said in the statement.

"Helping neighbors in their time of need is the New York way, and we are always ready to step in and lend a helping hand," the governor said.

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