June 9, 2019
Albany, NY

At Puerto Rican Day Parade, Governor Cuomo Announces Trip to Puerto Rico to Meet with Student Volunteers

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Governor Cuomo: "We said on day one that we will stand with Puerto Rico every step of the way. There is still work to do. We are still doing it. We are going to bring more college students down from SUNY and CUNY this summer, another 300 students to help rebuild. I'll be going down again to work with those students in rebuilding."

 

Governor Cuomo: "We are also setting up a Commission that is going to commemorate Hurricane Maria and the victims of Hurricane Maria...And this September, which is the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, they will announce the winning design for that memorial and where it's going to be in Battery Park City."

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Earlier today at the Puerto Rican Day Parade, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he will take a trip to Puerto Rico to meet with the SUNY and CUNY student volunteers who are helping the island recover from the devastating impact of the 2017 hurricane season.

 

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

 

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:

 

We wish everybody a happy Puerto Rican Day Parade. We all stand in unity today. The Puerto Rican community is a vital part of this city and this state and we all celebrate being Puerto Rican today and the beautiful asset they brought to this city and this state. It's especially poignant because our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are still suffering from Hurricane Maria. And Hurricane Maria was a double tragedy, it was a hurricane and then it was the disrespect shown by the federal government that did not assist Puerto Rico the way it should have been, the way we've worked with other communities all across this country and across the world. Because the federal government forgot an important fact, which is Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and what the federal government did was a disgrace. 

 

In New York, we have not forgotten. We said on day one that we will stand with Puerto Rico every step of the way. Congresswoman Velázquez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Rubén Díaz, we were among the first people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. There is still work to do. We are still doing it. We are going to bring more college students down from SUNY and CUNY this summer, another 300 students to help rebuild. I'll be going down again to work with those students in rebuilding with the Congresswoman, Rubén Díaz, MarcosCrespo because there's still work to do. 

 

We are also setting up a Commission that is going to commemorate Hurricane Maria and the victims of Hurricane Maria. Congresswoman Velázquez and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo are going to be the co-chairs of that committee. There are six locations in Battery Park City that they will review to construct a memorial to the victims of Hurricane Maria. And this September, which is the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, they will announce the winning design for that memorial and where it's going to be in Battery Park City.

 

So, we're still working to rebuild Puerto Rico and we're going to build it back better than ever before. And New Yorkers are committed to that. And we're going to have a permanent memorial so people never forget what happened to Puerto Rico and they never forget the disrespect that this nation showed the people of Puerto Rico, and that it will never happen again.

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