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Governor Cuomo calls on federal government to approve aid package for Puerto Rico

The federal aid package would help rebuild the $94.4 billion in damages that the island has sustained following Hurricane Maria. (Photo: MGN)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHAM) - Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the federal government to swiftly approve a robust federal aid package to help rebuild in Puerto Rico Saturday morning.

The federal aid package would help rebuild the $94.4 billion in damages that the island has sustained following Hurricane Maria.

Officials from New York joined a number of other business and nonprofits in early November to assist the Puerto Rican government in its assessment of the damage. With the assessment now complete, Cuomo traveled to Puerto Rico Saturday to tour the current state of the recovery operations with Governor Rosselló and highlight the need for immediate funding from the federal government.

"New Yorkers continue to stand with the people of Puerto Rico in the face of the ongoing crisis," said Cuomo. "Puerto Rico still faces a long road to recovery, and the federal government should not only be ashamed of itself for the way it has handled this crisis, but for treating Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens."

The Empire State Relief and Recovery effort will continue to support Puerto Rico with supplies and other resources, but in order to address the island's most glaring issues moving forward, the governor's office says the federal government must act immediately and fully fund a comprehensive recovery program.

While in Puerto Rico, Cuomo will also meet and thank a group of New York utility workers who have traveled there through the mutual aid process to assist with the restoration of the island's power grid. New York has sent more than 450 utility workers from the New York Power Authority, Con Edison, National Grid, PSEG, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp, and AVANGRID to the island and these workers have been coordinating directly with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in cooperation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

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