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Legislature Supports New York State Aid, Urges Immediate Federal Assistance to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

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Legislature Supports New York State Aid, Urges Immediate Federal Assistance to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Acting on a member-filed resolution initiated by Legislator Carol Chock, the Legislature, without dissent, approved a resolution in support of aid to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and their United States citizens, following the damage and devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Introducing the resolution, Legislator Chock said, “There have been many bad storms in recent memory with many bad consequences without us weighing in, but this one is different…Two weeks after the second of two devastating hurricanes, citizens of our country are lacking the basic elements of survival.”

The measure applauds Governor Cuomo for instituting the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to mobilize civic, business, and industry partners to assist the recovery and rebuilding effort, and “urges the provision of additional federal humanitarian and recovery support…in proportion to the need.” It also urges that federal regulations regarding shipped deliveries be suspended for the duration of the humanitarian crisis, as was recently done for deliveries to Texas and Florida.

The resolution notes that damage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma caused extremely widespread damage and devastation in which many resident lack adequate drinking water, food, healthcare, or passable roads to deliver supplies even weeks after the storms, and that “humanitarian assistance to citizens of the United States should be made available regardless or economic circumstance.”