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New York sending 72 additional utility workers to Puerto Rico

More than 70 utility workers from New York will be heading down to Puerto Rico Tuesday and Wednesday to help with recovery efforts. (Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - More than 70 utility workers from New York will be heading down to Puerto Rico Tuesday and Wednesday to help with recovery efforts.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said 72 electric utility experts will go down to work on the power grid. A barge loaded with 55 utility vehicles and equipment will also be docking at the port in San Juan.

Approximately 457 workers and 330 New York utility vehicles are now helping with Puerto Rico's power grid restoration.

"From day one, we have put boots on the ground to help our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, and we remain committed to helping them during every step of the recovery effort," Governor Cuomo said. "With the addition of this deployment, we have hundreds of New York utility workers in Puerto Rico who are taking a hands-on role in helping repair the power grid and providing storm recovery expertise."

The utility workers from New York are coordinating directly with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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