Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito appeared on Thursday to discuss the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
De Blasio and Mark-Viverito declared that 3 and a half million people live an unprecedented nightmare after suffering one of Puerto Rico’s worst storms.
700 thousand New Yorkers have relatives on the island.
The mayor said New York is ready to help, and that New York police officers are already there coordinated with FEMA and the Hispanic Federation.
Mark-Viverito recalled that there is much work to be done, since the entire island has been devastated and continues without electricity. Therefore, it asks companies like the airlines to help the victims.
“Our city joins Puerto Ricans in this time of great need and fear. We are sending emergency personnel, soliciting donations and facilitating donations from municipal employees,” said the mayor.
“This is devastating, this is not something that is going to be resolved in the next few days or in the coming months. This is going to take a long time,” said Mark-Viverito.
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez also warned of the gravity of the situation and criticized Puerto Rico’s treatment of economic financing.
All 5 counties have set up centers to receive financial donations or basic necessities.