"The Puerto Rican community is one of the most vibrant communities in New York, with over 1.1 million Puerto Ricans calling the Empire State home. At the same time, more U.S. Virgin Islanders list their place of birth as New York than any other state in the nation. In the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, New Yorkers stepped up for our brothers and sisters in need, and we remain committed to providing any assistance necessary to help those impacted by the devastation build back stronger and more resilient than ever before. When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and we will continue to lend a hand to our friends, family and neighbors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on the long road to recovery.
"To ensure the young people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by these storms can continue their college education, I am calling on the SUNY and CUNY Boards to allow these students to attend our public colleges at the in-state tuition rate. This action will alleviate a huge burden for these families as they try to repair and rebuild their lives. This is a major step forward for these communities, and demonstrates that amidst the devastation, New York will continue to ensure the bright light of opportunity shines on everyone."