New York Launches Statewide Hurricane Relief Effort to Aid Puerto Rico

NEW YORK - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide donation drive Sunday for non-perishable items to send to Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

This comes after his trip Friday to survey damage.

The effort is called the Empire State Relief and Recovery for Puerto Rico. Governor Cuomo is serving as the honorary chair, with Jennifer Lopez, and a few lawmakers serving as co-chairs.

"Given the loss and devastation, we need everyone to pay attention and to urgently support Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico City with donations and contributions," Jennifer Lopez said.

"We know we must address the immediate needs and means of survival for the people while being focused on the long-term rebuilding of the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Mexico City. I cannot tell you what it meant to me and to the people of Puerto Rico to see New York not only pledge support, but Governor Cuomo to actually show up with resources and supplies. It is now time for all Americans to be front and center in helping to bring awareness and solutions to the task of rebuilding Puerto Rico," Lopez continued.

The singer has pledged to donate $1 million to relief efforts.

JetBlue has also committed $1 million as in-kind contribution to transport people and cargo for relief efforts.

60 members of the New York Army National Guard are on standby, as are four Black Hawk helicopters and 50 State Police.

If you want to drop off goods for donations, head to any of the following locations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Requested items include: batteries, flashlights, portable laterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products.  All items must be packaged and unopened.

 

New York City

Jacob K. Javits Center

655 W. 34th St

New York

 

Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building

55 Hanson Place

Brooklyn

 

Jamaica Street Armory

93-05 168th Street

Queens

 

Roberto Clemente State Park

301 West Tremont Ave

Bronx

 

Western New York

Connecticut Street Armory

184 Connecticut Street

Buffalo

 

Finger Lakes

State Police Zone Station

1155 Scottsville Road, Suite 400

Rochester 

 

Southern Tier
Binghamton Armory

85 West End Avenue

Binghamton

 

Central New York

Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building

333 E. Washington Street

Syracuse

 

Mohawk Valley

Utica State Office Building

207 Genesee Street

Utica

 

Capital Region

Empire State Plaza Main Concourse

Albany

 

Mid-Hudson Valley

Yonkers Armory

2 Quincy Place

Yonkers


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