Hurricane Maria

SUNY New Paltz Students Discuss Trip To Puerto Rico

Aug 10, 2018
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Some students from the State University of New York at New Paltz travelled with a New York delegation to Puerto Rico in July for two weeks. They were there to rebuild homes following Hurricanes Maria and Irma nearly a year ago. The trip was part of the “New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few of the students who lent a hand.

Volunteers from SunCommon build a portable solar-powered trailer
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A solar company in Vermont is building small trailers that will bring charging stations, water filtration and lighting to Puerto Rico, which remains devastated from Hurricane Maria nearly a year later.

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A group of New York students and labor volunteers will leave for an aid trip to Puerto Rico next weekend.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York's governor is calling for a federal investigation into the U.S. government's response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.

The Sheehan Family in Puerto Rico
Mayor Kathy Sheehan

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her family recently returned from a volunteer trip to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.  The mayor tells WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the trip is one she will never forget.

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Hudson Valley Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s amendment requiring an audit of a FEMA contract awarded to supply tarps to Puerto Rico, has advanced.

      Springfield, Massachusetts has become a destination for families and individuals evacuating Puerto Rico following the devastation brought to the island by Hurricane Maria in September.  

       The New North Citizens Council social service agency has been designated as the official welcoming center. 

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the agency’s executive director Maria Ligus

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For nearly three decades, the largest city in western Massachusetts has held a flag raising ceremony on the first Monday in November to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and the cultural contributions of the people from the Caribbean island.  Today’s Puerto Rican flag raising at Springfield City Hall was especially poignant.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello may visit New York next week to see how the state rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at JFK Airport Friday
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

      The Baker administration has sent more help from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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              Overwhelmed by the amount of items donated as part of Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the city of Springfield Tuesday night abruptly shut down collection sites.

God Of Carnage Performance
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Shakespeare & Company is adding a special benefit performance to its God of Carnage run on October 5th. Proceeds will help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and will be donated to the One America Appeal.

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is running through October 8th in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, directed by Regge Life, is about two sets of parents that meet to address their son’s recent playground fight. Tensions rise and liquor flows, leading to unexpected twists and turns the entire performance.  

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Two western Massachusetts municipalities with large Puerto Rican populations are prepping for a possible large influx of people from the devastated island.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is in a humanitarian crisis with destroyed infrastructure and access to supplies severely limited.

Luis Miranda Jr. - who lives and works in New York City but grew up in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico and still has family there - joins us to talk about what has happened, what is being done, and what is still needed.

Miranda is the Founder and former President at the Hispanic Federation and Founding Partner of the MirRam Group LLC. He is a Board Member of the John Jay College Foundation, vice-chair of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and a member of the advisory boards to Nielsen Ratings, and R.Evolucion Latina.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that it is sending 22 drones across the state to “enhance environmental management, conservation and emergency response efforts.” The "unmanned aerial vehicles" have already proven their worth in hurricane-ravaged Texas.

     Western Massachusetts, home to a large Puerto Rican population, is mobilizing relief efforts for the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at JFK Airport Friday
Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Puerto Rico Friday, assessing damage after Hurricane Maria, and bringing some initial supplies to the island. Cuomo spoke just before taking off from JFK Airport in a fully loaded plane provided by Jet Blue.