"I'm really happy to hear that, because I love the island so much, it's such a beautiful place," said Bale' Shabaka Kaza-Amlak.
Kaza-Amlak misses home. He moved to New York after surviving Hurricanes Irma and Maria; they destroyed his family's St. Croix home.
"It was like something you can imagine in a movie," he said. "My family's home was literally blown away from the hurricane."
NY1 met him after September's storms, as he was preparing to move to Brooklyn.
"I enjoy the city a lot," he says now. "I have a couple of brothers down there, still, my friends. Everyone is OK. I know a lot of people still don't have power."
Hurricanes Irma and Maria left virtually all of the 100,000 residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the dark.
When NY1 visited St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John just after the storms, U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp set the goal of 90 percent power restoration for December.
Now, Bloomberg Philanthropies, which provided us with a place to stay and transportation, says the governor's goal will be met.
"All of the crews who are down there have agreed to work Christmas Day," said Cas Holloway, the Global Head of Technical Operations for Bloomberg LP. "We're going to get there. It's going to take all the way through Christmas, but I think they'll get there."
By contrast, in Puerto Rico, which has more than 30 times the population, the amount of power being generated is at about 65 percent of capacity, and it will be months before full power is restored.
In the Virgin Islands, the line crews are made up of about 700 private contractors — something Bloomberg Philanthropies pushed for right away.
"The water and power authority for the Virgin Islands — their initial plan was something like 35 additional linemen, and we said, 'How about 600 or 800?'" Holloway said. "And then we worked with them and FEMA to get that done."
Bloomberg's Independent Foundation became involved in the recovery before the second storm, in part because one of the company's co-founders has a home there and he saw the need. Former Bloomberg Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway leads that effort.
"We said to the governor, 'We're willing to help bring some expertise, bring some materials and supplies. Are you interested in that kind of assistance?' And he said, 'Absolutely,'" Holloway recalled.
The Foundation so far has provided about $5 million in emergency supplies and experts, organized the repairs to infrastructure, and hired people to assess home repair needs.
For Bale' Shabaka Kaza-Amlak's family, the needs won't be met for a while.
"For some people, who lost their houses completely, it's hard," Kaza-Amlak said. "We're not going to rebuild for a little while until we deal with our lives."
Bloomberg Philanthropies thinks homes still needing repairs will be the last obstacle left for full power restoration in a month for all three US Virgin Islands.