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Gov. Andrew Cuomo: New York State To Pledge Another $2 Million To Displaced Puerto Ricans

July 25, 2018 - 7:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pledging another round of state aid to help Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria last September.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the governor, just back from Puerto Rico, is pledging an additional $2 million.

“We have about 11,000 Puerto Ricans in New York who just came from the island after the storm, and now, they’re here, and they’re in New York, and they need help,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo added, “These are families that lost everything and came here with only the shirts on their backs.”

He said the state is meeting one obligation, and added that the other is to demand that the federal government do more to help Puerto Rico.

Cuomo reiterated his criticism of the disaster response by Republican President Donald Trump's administration. He repeated his earlier comment that the federal government's efforts were “an embarrassment for the nation.”

The governor returned Tuesday from his latest two-day visit to Puerto Rico, where he helped college student volunteers on rebuilding projects. It was his fifth trip to the island since September.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)