Cuomo announces coordinated Puerto Rico relief effort


Jennifer Lopez announced Sunday that she will donate $1 million to help Puerto Ricans rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

As part of the push, known as the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, the state is working with the Partnership for New York City to get businesses to kick in gifts starting at $10,000, which will be given out to local Puerto Rican charities.

She continued: "Today, Puerto Rico needs our help". The catastrophic hurricanes were the strongest to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century.

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"This is going to be a long, hard road for Puerto Rico", Cuomo said at the announcement, which was also attended by Mets pitcher Seth Lugo and actress and activist Rosie Perez.

NY has historically been a hub for Puerto Ricans who move to the mainland United States.

During the press conference, the "Shades of Blue" star admitted she still hasn't heard from her family and she is "concerned", for both her own loved ones and "everyone on the island". Cuomo traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands last Friday to help with damage there from hurricane Irma. But Public Affairs Secretary Ramon Rosario Rosario said in a statement that the dam's "fissure was big and it will collapse at any minute".

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The 345-yard (316-meter) dam was built around 1928.

Cuomo said Friday's trip will be the first of many, as the island rebuilds and recovers. It holds back a man-made lake covering about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers).

The Defense Ministry said Sunday the helicopter carrier Tonnerre has arrived with more than 1,000 tons of material and 300 additional military personnel for the cleanup on St. Martin and nearby islands.

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It also said Defense Minister Florence Parly is ordering a new patrol ship to be permanently stationed in the Caribbean to help with future storms and to fight trafficking.

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