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Local leaders call for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico as Mayor Eric Adams surveys damage in Dominican Republic

NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams is on his approach again to New York City after touring hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

On day two of his tour surveying Hurricane Fiona’s damage, Adams flew to the Dominican Republic, meeting with the nation’s president earlier than distributing meals and provides.

“This is an on-the-ground group and an on-the-ground organization,” Adams mentioned.

A day earlier, he was in Puerto Rico, visiting San Juan’s emergency command middle, assessing what New York City can do to assist the Caribbean islands.

“People have lost everything that they own,” Adams mentioned.

READ MORE: Mayor Eric Adams joins relief staff in Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Fiona response

Sixteen deaths in Puerto Rico have been related to Hurricane Fiona. As of Sunday night time, 45% of the island was nonetheless with out energy and 20% with out operating water.

Federal legislation waiver request to hurry recovery in Puerto Rico


New York City Council is methods to assist. Councilmembers of Puerto Rican descent need the federal authorities to waive the so-called Jones Act.

The federal legislation was established in 1920 requires all items shipped between United States ports to be transported by U.S. vessels.

Councilmembers say a waiver will enable assist to reach directly.

As CBS2’s Christina Fan reviews, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, together with native leaders, known as for federal financial relief on Monday.

“We need help for the people of Puerto Rico, not only to survive and recover, but we need to give them help to rebuild, to rebuild stronger, better, more resilient,” she mentioned.

Watch: Sen. Gillibrand calls for billions in federal relief for Puerto Rico

Sen. Gillibrand calls for billions in federal relief for Puerto Rico


Gillibrand is asking for $1 billion in dietary help and $2.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding. She’s additionally introducing a invoice that might enable Puerto Rico to take part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“Power cut off, blazing temperatures and a lack of food. The conditions on the ground are horrific,” Rep. Nydia Velazquez mentioned.

Calls are additionally intensifying to modernize the island’s antiquated electrical grid.

Rep. Ritchie Torres, who simply returned a congressional journey, is including to the refrain of voices.

“The federal government has to leverage every tool at its disposal to cut through the red tape and rebuild the grid, even if it has to play a more hands-on role,” he mentioned.

So tragedy will not strike once more the subsequent time a storm hits.

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