Puerto Rico


Connecticut is receiving a $750,000 federal grant to provide mental health support to families and especially children who were evacuated from their homes in Puerto Rico and have been living in Connecticut as a result of Hurricane Maria last September.


New York is dispatching more college students to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.

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.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his latest trip to Puerto Rico
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New York Governor Cuomo has finished his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria stuck the island last September. The Democrat Tuesday announced a new agricultural trade agreement, and had some harsh words for President Trump.

Volunteers from SunCommon build a portable solar-powered trailer

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.


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.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is off to Puerto Rico for a week with her husband and son to assist in the hurricane recovery effort - WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with the mayor at city hall this afternoon to learn about the trip.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

The new regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency was in the Capital Region Tuesday and his visit comes at a controversial period for the EPA.

Peter Lopez, the EPA’s Region 2 Administrator, spoke with the Times Union’s Casey Seiler at the Hearst Media Center in Albany to answer questions about his appointment, the administration’s policies and the EPA itself. 


Earlier today, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand previewed President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

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The studio residency program at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is accepting applications from Puerto Rican artists affected by Hurricane Maria. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Matt Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting Senate Republicans for advancing their tax overhaul legislation.

Lizzie O'Leary took this photo in Toa Baja, near San Juan.
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It has been almost three months since Puerto Rico was devastated by Irma and Maria. Power and food have been hard to come by — leading many island residents to stay with family in cities like Springfield as the island slowly recovers. Friday at 9 and Sunday at 7 a.m., we’ll air a special edition of Marketplace Weekend. Host Lizzie O’Leary spent a week in Puerto Rico reporting on the aftermath of the storms.

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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


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.

Cohen Reflects On Reporting Trip To Puerto Rico

Oct 31, 2017
 A team of Connecticut veterans and volunteers -- self-described as the Puerto Rican "water dogs" -- pumps water from a river in Salinas, Puerto Rico through a mobile filtration and purification system for residents there to drink.
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The images of the destruction in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria don't always show the human side of the loss, the struggle and the recovery on the island. Jeff Cohen is news director at WNPR public radio in Hartford, Ct. He recently returned from an assignment in Puerto Rico, and says some parts of the island had more damage than others.

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.

WAMC’s Fund Drive Exceeds All Expectations

Oct 17, 2017

WAMC’s Fund Drive Exceeds All Expectations

In one day and a morning, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio once again successfully concluded its $1 million fund drive, after having raised the first $500,000 in advance of the on-air portion of the drive. The on-air drive ended at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday with pledges still coming in.

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Democratic members of Congress are denouncing President Trump’s latest tweets about Puerto Rico. A Connecticut senator who has visited the Commonwealth is calling on Trump to appoint a czar to oversee recovery efforts. And a New York congresswoman who leaves for the island Friday is urging Congress to pass an emergency funding bill.

City of Springfield, Office of the Mayor


              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.


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.


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.