Gov. Cuomo snapped off the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying the state would send more teams to help rebuild the power grid, which was starved this week in an island blackout.
"We really see that the government is not responding adequately," Cuomo said at a press conference in his Midtown offices. "We are not doing what we have done in the past, these efforts are not of the same order of magnitude and what the country has done in the past, and for me that is a national disgrace."
Cuomo quit State support to help Puerto Rico – he noticed that officials were on the ground right after the storm and that two were on the ground to help with the blackout. The state sent another ten people from the New York Power Authority to Puerto Rico on Thursday.
"We are so ashamed in this country, so proud of New York," he said.
Retrieving Island Blackout in Puerto Rico
The state is also making a long-term effort to rebuild "Houses and Light Infrastructures" through partnerships with New York contractors, construction unions, and SUNY and CUNY students seeking college Recognition for Their Work
"They have many rural communities that still need urgent help, and we will literally provide that help, that person," he said, adding that the main efforts are being made Start June. 1
Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
Puerto Rico lost power this week A contractor has severed a power line. Cuomo said that shows the fragility of the entire lattice of the island.
Puerto Rico suffers another island-wide power outage
"If a contractor's fault wipes out an entire system for the island, it means that the system is not being rebuilt to adequate capacity," he said.
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