Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced the donation of more than 700 Google Nexus 7 tablets to libraries and senior centers located throughout sandy-affected areas of Suffolk County. The tablets will help older individuals maintain their independence and stay connected with their communities. The office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone assisted with the distribution of tablets to senior centers, starting today at the Rose Caracappa Senior Center in Mt. Sinai, NY.
“I thank Governor Cuomo and Secretary of State Cesar Perales for coordinating the donation of tablets to senior centers throughout Suffolk County and for helping those areas affected and still recovering from Super Storm Sandy.” Said Bellone. “The donations of the Google tablets to senior centers within Suffolk County will assist seniors in becoming acquainted with emerging technology and provide a medium for them to combat senior isolation.”
Approximately 17,000 Google Nexus 7 tablets were donated by Google to assist New Yorkers impacted by Super Storm Sandy. The tablets were donated by Google to the New York State Community Action Association, a not-for-profit that provides services and advocacy to improve the lives of people throughout New York. Suffolk County’s Office of the Aging will distribute tablets to Senior Centers throughout the County that have agreed to accept the donation.
“As many New Yorkers continue to recover and rebuild from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the generous support of companies like Google is a tremendous source of aid and encouragement,” Governor Cuomo said. “These tablets will provide an important resource to help residents in Suffolk County connect within and outside their communities. In today’s world, technology can significantly enhance our quality of life, and I thank Google for stepping up for the State’s hard-hit residents and businesses as we work to reimagine New York for the new reality of extreme weather.”
“The New York Department of State is happy to have played a role in the ongoing recovery efforts,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, whom Governor Cuomo placed as Super Storm Sandy Donations Coordinator last year. “I’d like to thank Google, Governor Cuomo and County Executive Bellone for the wonderful spirit of cooperation and their commitment to the people of New York and their communities.”