Governor Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend, lifestyle guru Sandra Lee, joined hundreds of volunteers who gathered upstate to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irene yesterday. It's part of the NY State "Labor For Your Neighbor" Labor Day weekend volunteering push, which the governor announced last Friday. According to his office, over 2,000 New Yorkers volunteered, and Cuomo said, "I am proud to be out here today with hundreds of my fellow New Yorkers to help first-hand in the cleanup and recovery efforts after Hurricane Irene. The response to our 'Labor for Your Neighbor' program has been overwhelming, but to me it is not surprising. New Yorkers are always ready to lend a hand to help someone in need. In our darkest hours New Yorkers shine the brightest -- and the proof of that can be seen all across New York today."

Cuomo and Lee were working in Margaretville to clean up debris. His office released photographs of him and Lee cleaning basements, roads and more.

You can learn more about donating or volunteering for a future effort here.