New York Governor Travels to Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath Sep 22, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of New York State traveled to Puerto Rico with his security team Friday morning to deliver emergency supplies to the devastated island.

Cuomo announced his trip to Puerto Rico during a news conference at JFK airport at the request of Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, I have made an official Governor to Governor request that Governor Cuomo and the State of New York provide essential goods, services and expertise to help us assess the devastation and develop a plan for recover,” said Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico. “I want to thank the Governor for accepting my invitation to travel to Puerto Rico, and the people of New York for always standing by our side in difficult times and we appreciate the support as we begin the rebuilding process.”

Governor Cuomo immediately made available the following:

  • More than 34,000 bottles of water donated by The Coca-Cola Company;
  • 9,600 ready to eat meals;
  • 3,000 canned goods donated by the National Supermarket Association;
  • 1,400 cots;
  • 1,400 blankets;
  • 1,400 pillows;
  • 500 flashlights; and
  • 10 10kW generators.

Cuomo announced 50 New York National Guardsman, 4 Black Hawk Helicopters and 50 State Police Officers are on standby.

“Puerto Rico is part of the New York family, and we stand with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters as they begin to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria,” said Governor Cuomo. “We have assembled top emergency response experts to support Puerto Rico and help repair its devastated power structure, and we are providing supplies and any additional assistance we can to support the island as they recover from this unprecedented natural disaster.”

This is the second time Gov. Cuomo traveled to the Caribbean after a hurricane.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos

 

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