Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Puig breaks fundraising goal for hurricane relief

Puig breaks fundraising goal for hurricane relief

What do New Yorkers gain by Gov. Andrew Cuomo making ceremonial trips to areas ravaged by hurricanes? The relief flight, donated by JetBlue - the largest airline in Puerto Rico - departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport to San Juan Airport early on Friday.

NY officials were looking beyond the state's borders this week, with Washington politicians making yet another attempt to pull the plug on Obamacare while yet another hurricane rampaged through the Caribbean.

"To me, this is personal", Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) said at a news conference before the officials boarded the plane to the island.

Cuomo's office says Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked his NY counterpart for emergency goods and services to help the recovery.

Two-thirds of Puerto Rico have been declared disaster zones in the wake of Maria.The storm knocked out the entire grid across the USA territory of 3.4 million, leaving many without power.

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Cuomo will travel with as many as 10 New York Power Authority engineers, translators and supervisors and Department of Environmental Conservation drones and drone pilots to help restore power to the island and deliver emergency supplies, authorities said.

The delegation is also bringing power generators, food, water and supplies requested by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.

In the aftermath of the storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló made an official governor-to-governor request to NY to ask for essential supplies, services and assistance in assessing the severely damaged power grid.

Monica Puig's fundraising goal of $25,000 to help those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria has already been exceeded.

The governor also ordered the New York Army National Guard to be on standby to assist in the recovery effort, his office said.

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