Gov. Cuomo goes back to Puerto Rico

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Six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria left entire islands completely destroyed, the federal government is giving Puerto Rico $589 million more in federal disaster aid to assist with the recovery process. Eyewitness News Reporter Joe Torres will travel to Puerto Rico for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's visit this weekend.

"I had done the federal response when I was HUD secretary, and I can tell you that the federal government in similar circumstances was more active, was more generous, provided more support", he said.

More than 40,000 people were already without power from the storm. Now that many Puerto Ricans are living in NY, they are looking to make their voices heard in this fall's midterm election.

But officials said 80 percent of the island now has power again after this last outage.

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In June, about 500 SUNY and CUNY students, as well as construction workers, will be deployed to Puerto Rico. "This additional funding will ensure students, teachers and staff have ongoing access to the services they need to fully recover and rebuild". "They have been treated like second-class citizens", Cuomo argued.

Through this initiative, those college students will clean, restore and reconstruct homes while also completing an applied learning curriculum and earning college credits while working on the island.

The Governor confirmed that NY would continue to aid Puerto Rico in recovery and make sure that the country and its people are given proper support.

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