Governor Cuomo to Visit Puerto Rico to Help with Hurricane Recovery Efforts

WABC - September 23, 2017

by Eyewitness News

NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Puerto Rico with emergency response officials to help out with recovery efforts on the island ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

The Democratic governor said that New York will also be delivering emergency supplies on a plane donated by JetBlue and providing specialists to help repair the island's devastated power structure.

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.

Hurricane Maria knocked out power to millions of people in Puerto Rico.

Cuomo also ordered the New York Army National Guard to be on standby to assist in the coming days. He departed for the island with the New York delegation from Kennedy Airport Friday morning.

Cuomo's office says Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello asked his New York counterpart for assistance to help the recovery.

"Governor Rossello didn't have to ask, because in New York we are family with the Puerto Rican community and with family you don't have to ask for help," said Cuomo.

The flight donated by JetBlue includes much-needed supplies, with 36,000 bottles of water, 10,000 MRE's, 3,000 canned goods, 1,400 cots, blankets and pillows and 500 flashlights.

Restoring power is the most pressing concern, so the most valuable cargo may be the 10 10kilowatt generators on board.

"We're bringing large-scale generators with us that can power necessary facilities, hospitals, communications centers, etcetera," said Cuomo.

60 National Guard members will be deployed to distribute supplies.

In addition, 9 NYPD officers who were already in place following Hurricane Irma volunteered to stay behind to assist with the Maria recovery efforts.

27 NYPD and FDNY members are also on the way and nearly a dozen city emergency officials are on standby waiting to travel to Puerto Rico as well.

Mayor de Blasio announced firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs where New Yorkers can donate critically-needed items for Hurricane Maria relief.

-Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
-Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)
-Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)

-EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
-EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
-Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
-Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)

-Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
-Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
-Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)

-Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
-Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)
-Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)
-Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park) Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

Staten Island
-Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
-Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
-Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)