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Cuomo: New York College Students To Help Rebuild In Puerto Rico Under New Program

April 19, 2018 - 1:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is rolling out yet another New York state program to aid Puerto Rico.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the governor calls it a long-term partnership to rebuild individual homes and infrastructure in Puerto Rico. It will use New York contractors and unionize building trade workers.

“(It will be) enabled by hundreds of SUNY and CUNY students, who will go down for either two weeks or four weeks. They will receive credit for their time; their service at Puerto Rico. They will be in courses and training and education that is related to the reconstruction of housing and infrastructure," Cuomo said.

There are expected to be 500 students involved in the efforts.  They are to be guided by the unionized New York construction pros.

The governor was critical of the Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico’s ongoing distress.

"To me, it's a national disgrace," Cuomo said.

But in response to a question, Cuomo acknowledged New York state will be reimbursed by Washington for the cost of its efforts.

Cuomo’s announcement came a day after Puerto Rico was hit with an island-wide blackout. An excavator that accidentally severed a line was blamed for the outage.