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Cuomo: Puerto Ricans Need Help, Not Paper Towels



    Cuomo: Puerto Ricans Need Help, Not Paper Towels

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's ashamed of the federal response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and that more needs to be done to help the island's people. Ken Buffa reports.

    (Published Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018)

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's "ashamed" that this country failed to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year's hurricane.

    The Democratic governor made the remarks Saturday during a rally in the Bronx with Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rossello. 

    The New York governor wants more government money to be allocated to fund the island's recovery. Cuomo said Trump administration officials showed what he called "disrespect" toward the people of Puerto Rico for not helping out more after Hurricane Maria, leaving much of the island without electricity. 

    Politicians at Saturday's rally included U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, who noted that Puerto Ricans didn't need Trump to toss paper towels at people in need last October at a hurricane relief center in the capital of San Juan. 

    About a third of Puerto Rico remains without power.

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