NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed to the Caribbean for the second time in a week to get a firsthand look at the damage left behind by a hurricane.
The Democrat addressed the media Friday at JFK Airport before boarding a Jet Blue flight to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico.
"We want the people of Puerto Rico to know they are not alone... the most important thing we bring is the love of 19 million New Yorkers for the people of Puerto Rico," said Cuomo.
The delegation also brought donated supplies including more than 34,000 bottles of water, nearly 10,000 ready-to-eat meals, 3,000 canned goods, 500 flashlights, 1,400 cots, blankets and pillow and 10 electrical generators, requested by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello.
Cuomo was joined by his daughter and New York state emergency response officials who will help in recovery efforts on the island.
The state will also send 60 members of the National Guard and four Black Hawk helicopters, along with 50 state troopers.
Cuomo's trip comes a week after he traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands at the invitation of the territory's governor to see the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Cuomo vowed to send New York aid to the devastated islands.
With the Associated Press