Governor-elect Albert Bryan Jr. will visit Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, along with Congressional leaders and Trump Administration officials.
The two Virgin Islanders will hold a joint press conference Tuesday morning.
Since announcing the leadership of his transition team Nov. 28, Bryan has met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an initial briefing on the hurricane recovery efforts in the territory and with the financial advisors of the current administration.
“Last week I met with Gov. Mapp’s financial team and with FEMA officials for initial briefings on the financial state of the territory and updates on the ongoing recovery and rebuilding effort,” Bryan said in a news release issued Monday. “It is clear the challenges that lie ahead for the territory, and our transition assessment teams are hard at work identifying the vulnerabilities. They will provide the Bryan-Roach administration with their analyses which we will consider in our immediate actions to address these and other issues.”
In addition to meeting with FEMA officials on St. Croix last week, Bryan said he also met with officials at Limetree Bay Terminals and the students and staff of the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School in Frederiksted.
“Rebuilding our schools is central to our work in continuing the recovery … and we will remain proactive in our efforts to establish a relationship with administrators, teachers, and parents in assessing the real needs of our learning infrastructure and the needs of our students,” Bryan said.
He referenced plans to partially restart the St. Croix refinery, saying that “remaining proactive in our partnership with Limetree Bay is critical to ensuring not only our economy maximizes its benefit from a refinery restart but also the health and safety of the residents of St. Croix and our natural resources remain a high priority of our incoming administration.”