January 13, 2020
Albany, NY

Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Announces Trip to Puerto Rico to Provide Emergency Services in Aftermath of Earthquakes

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Governor Cuomo Will Lead Delegation To Survey Damage and Determine Additional State Assets To Be Deployed

 

Governor Traveling to Puerto Rico Tuesday And Returning Wednesday

 

NYPA Officials Already Assisting in Recovery Efforts Alongside the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority

 

NYPA Has Deployed Multiple Teams of Power Grid Experts to Puerto Rico Since Hurricane Maria in 2017

 

Governor Cuomo: "New York has been a tremendous supporter on the recovery of Hurricane Maria. Now, they get hit with earthquakes and it is ongoing. So we will go down tomorrow. The point of the visit is basically to assess the damage and determine how we can best help... to find out what we can do to help. Can we help with engineering, can we help with the power plant, can we help with supplies? What do they need that we can best provide."

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Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced in Airmont that he will be leading a delegation to Puerto Rico to provide emergency services in the aftermath of earthquakes that have left hundreds of thousands without power and water, and thousands staying in shelters or homeless. The Governor will survey damage with state officials and determine additional State assets to be sent to assist in the recovery from the earthquakes. Last week, the Governor directed the New York Power Authority to assist in recovery efforts alongside the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority. The Governor will depart Tuesday morning and return on Wednesday.

 
VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.
 
AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.
 
PHOTOS of today's event are available on the Governor's Flickr page.
 
A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is below:

 

Puerto Rico, you know there is so much going on in the world, and we have such a short attention span now right? Iran, impeachment. Puerto Rico had not just one two or three earthquakes, they still had tremors as of last night. Twenty tremors in the past 24 hours. They have thousands of people in shelters in Puerto Rico. And Puerto Rico, remember, is still hurting from Hurricane Maria where I believe this federal government really did not do what they needed to do to help, and left them on their own.

 

New York has been a tremendous supporter on the recovery of Hurricane Maria. Now, they get hit with earthquakes and it is ongoing. So we will go down tomorrow. The point of the visit is basically to assess the damage and determine how we can best help. And we will bring down some state officials that have a broad expertise. The budget director is going to come with us - Robert Mujica. To find out what we can do to help. Can we help with engineering, can we help with the power plant, can we help with supplies? What do they need that we can best provide.

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