New York Stands with Puerto Rico

The Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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New York Stands With Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Since Hurricane Maria's landfall in September 2017, Governor Cuomo has continuously directed critical resources to communities in need. New York established the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, ultimately distributing at least 4,400 pallets of supplies collected from 13 donations sites across the state. New York State also deployed more than 1,000 personnel, including hundreds of utility workers and power experts to help with power restoration and grid stabilization.

In December 2017, Governors Cuomo and members of the New York Congressional Delegation released a Build Back Better Assessment Report that called for a $94.4 billion federal aid package to help Puerto Rico build back stronger.

In May 2018, more than 500 SUNY Maritime College cadets and approximately 50 SUNY students volunteered with local non-profit rebuilding organizations, removing debris and preparing roofs for construction in the greater San Juan area.

New York will never turn our backs on Puerto Rico and we will stand with our brothers and sisters until the job is done.

Hurricane Maria One Year Later

NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative

2018 Milestones

Launched in April 2018, NYS will have mobilized 500+ SUNY and CUNY student volunteers and 100+ skilled labor volunteers by the end of the summer.

Student volunteers deploy for 2 weeks at a time and have the opportunity to earn college credits. Volunteers with the New York Building and Construction Trades deploy in 1 to 2 week waves throughout the summer.

With 90 homes restored and rebuilt as of mid-July, New York is on target to reach its goal of 150 homes renovated through the initiative.

Rebuilding Homes in Puerto Rico

Governor Cuomo and Delegation Join SUNY and CUNY Students and Labor Volunteers to Rebuild Homes in Puerto Rico


Rallying for Federal Support

Congress Must Help Puerto Rico Recover

News and Updates

New York Stands with Puerto Rico

Stay informed on what New York State is doing to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover and rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.


How to Help

Get information about how you can volunteer or make a donation to aid in the recovery and relief efforts in Puerto Rico.


Information and assistance for those displaced from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.