Gov. Cuomo, emergency relief specialists heading to storm-damaged Puerto Rico

Gov. Cuomo, emergency relief specialists heading to storm-damaged Puerto Rico

Gov. Cuomo, emergency relief specialists heading to storm-damaged Puerto Rico

Cuomo visited the U.S. Virgin Islands last Friday to see the devastation left by Hurricane Irma after an invitation by Gov. Kenneth Mapp, a former NYPD officer, and announced that 130 New York National Guard and state police personnel would help with reconstruction.

"There are a lot of Puerto Ricans in NY who can't contact their family members", Cuomo said at briefing before leaving early Friday morning from JFK Airport.

Cuomo was joined by his daughter and NY state emergency response officials who will help in recovery efforts on the island.

The New York Power Authority is also sending 10 engineers, planners, technical supervisors and translators, along with drones and two drone pilots from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Monica Puig's fundraising goal of $25,000 to help those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria has already been exceeded. "I'm trying to call my family, my brothers, and I can't get through at all and it's hurting me", said Roberto Silva, family member of Puerto Rican residents.

In addition, NY will be delivering a variety of emergency supplies on a plane donated by JetBlue.

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked Cuomo Thursday for goods and services to aid in the island's recovery. But we would hope he'd instead be devoting that time to solving the state's many problems and listening to the concerns of New Yorkers here in NY.

Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico this week, further damaging the us territory still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irma, and caused the entire island to lose power.

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