Governor and Delegation of SUNY and CUNY Presidents and Students, Nonprofit Partners, Labor Leaders and Elected Officials to Depart Monday July 23
Supports Ongoing Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative to Clean, Restore and Rebuild Homes in Communities Recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Press Planning to Travel to Puerto Rico - RSVP to [email protected] by 10:00 a.m., Sunday, July 22.
On Monday July 23, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will be leading a "NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative" trip to support ongoing recovery efforts on the island. The delegation includes SUNY and CUNY Presidents and students, nonprofit partners, labor leaders and elected officials. Members of the delegation will participate in rebuilding efforts in the Northern and Central regions of the island as well as the San Juan Metro Area and will return in the evening of Tuesday, July 24. This is Governor Cuomo's fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. Press planning to travel to Puerto Rico must RSVP to [email protected] by 10:00 a.m., Sunday, July 22.
Under the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative, hundreds of student and labor volunteers have joined non-profit organizations to clean, restore and rebuild homes as the island continues to recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
"The federal government's incompetent and inhumane failure to respond to the crisis in Puerto Rico has been a national disgrace," Governor Cuomo said. "While the federal government turns its back on Puerto Rico, New Yorkers have stood with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico since day one of this tragedy, and we will continue to stand with them until the job is done. I look forward to leading this delegation to Puerto Rico to support our ongoing recovery efforts as we help the island rebuild better than ever before. Puerto Rico still faces a long road to recovery, and New York will walk with them every step of the way."
The Governor's delegation includes:
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair, Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force
Senator Martin Dilan
Senator Gustavo Rivera
Assemblywoman Carmen de La Rosa
Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor
Robert Mujica, Budget Director
Monica Tavarez, VP of External Affairs, Hispanic Federation
Santos Rodriguez, Director of Community Affairs, Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater NY
Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, President, Queens College
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany
David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College
George Gresham, President, 1199 SEIU
Dennis Rivera, Former President, 1199 SEIU
Anthony Ciampa, Vice President, NYSNA
Nelson Rivera, Vice President, TWU Local 100
Adrian Merced, Trustee, Teamsters Joint Council 16
Llamara Padro-Milano, RN Executive Board Member, PEF
Ken Raske, President, Greater New York Hospital Association
Christopher A. Smith, Healthcare Association of New York State
Teresa Santiago, Chairperson, Comite Noviembre
Marlene Cintron, President, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp
Elizabeth Velez, President, The Velez Organization
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities
David Campbell, Founder & Chairman, All Hands and Hearts
Bill Keegan, Founder & President, HEART 9/11
Major Daniel Colomb, New York National Guard
David Kaplan, Executive Director, NECHAMA
Edison Sabala, Management Consultant, UNICEF USA
During the first phase of the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative launched on April 29, the Governor deployed a Tactical Assessment Team of state experts and labor, non-profit, philanthropic, and academic partners to evaluate reconstruction needs and to develop a comprehensive rebuilding roadmap for communities in need. The Assessment Team's findings are guiding the strategic deployment of approximately 500 SUNY and CUNY students, as well as skilled workers from the building and construction trades, throughout the summer.
New York's Efforts in Puerto Rico
Since Hurricane Maria's landfall in September 2017, Governor Cuomo has traveled to Puerto Rico four times and has continuously directed critical resources to communities in need. In the immediate aftermath, New York established the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, ultimately distributing at least 4,400 pallets of supplies collected from 13 donations sites across the state. New York State also deployed more than 1,000 personnel, including hundreds of utility workers and power experts to help with power restoration and grid stabilization.
Governor Cuomo and the New York Congressional Delegation continue to advocate for Puerto Rico to get the federal aid they need and deserve. In December, Governors Cuomo and Rosselló, and members of the New York Congressional Delegation released a Build Back Better Assessment Report that called for a $94.4 billion federal aid package to help Puerto Rico build back stronger. The plan identified specific sectors needing investments, including housing, power grid and resiliency, agriculture and others. Together with $487 million for public safety and first response and $9 billion for long-term recovery management, the total funding need is $94.4 billion.
In addition, in an effort led by SUNY Maritime in late May, more than 500 SUNY Maritime College cadets and approximately 50 students from University at Albany and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry volunteered with local non-profit rebuilding organizations, removing debris and preparing roofs for construction in the greater San Juan area.