New York Stands with Puerto Rico

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

New York Stands with Puerto Rico

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.

Since May 2018, SUNY and CUNY student volunteers have deployed to Puerto Rico on a regular basis to clean, restore and rebuild homes with non-profit partners.

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


Assisting with Earthquake Response

Following damage assessment trips to Puerto Rico by Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Hochul, Governor Cuomo announced additional actions to support communities recovering after recent earthquakes.

Governor Cuomo and Delegation Assess Damage at Costa Sur Power Plant and Tour Severely Damaged Homes in Municipality of Guanica

Calling for Federal Support

Release the Full Funding

The federal government must release the full funds that have been held up for years so that Puerto Rico can rebuild.

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

Updates and Information

New York Stands with Puerto Rico

Stay informed on what New York State is doing to help Puerto Rico recover and rebuild after Hurricane Maria and recent earthquakes; and learn what you can do to help.



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