Hurricane Maria One Year Later
"We will continue to support the people of Puerto Rico until the island is rebuilt and recovered."
Governor Cuomo announced an expansion of the successful initiative, committing to deploy additional volunteers and launching a mental health initiative for those still suffering.
Several displaced Puerto Ricans living in NY will serve as plaintiffs in a suit against the federal government for failure to provide resources & relief following Hurricane Maria.
The new Commission will provide recommendations on the establishment of a memorial honoring the victims and survivors of Hurricane Maria and the resilience of the Puerto Rican community.
NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative
Launched in April 2018, NYS will have mobilized 500+ SUNY and CUNY student volunteers and 100+ skilled labor volunteers by the end of the summer.
Student volunteers deploy for 2 weeks at a time and have the opportunity to earn college credits. Volunteers with the New York Building and Construction Trades deploy in 1 to 2 week waves throughout the summer.
With 90 homes restored and rebuilt as of mid-July, New York is on target to reach its goal of 150 homes renovated through the initiative.
RALLYING FOR FEDERAL SUPPORT
New Yorkers rallied together to call on the federal government in support of the more than three million American citizens who call Puerto Rico home.
"WHEN ONE AMERICAN IS IN TROUBLE, WE ARE ALL THERE, BECAUSE WE ARE ONE."