Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will lead a New York delegation to Puerto Rico on Sunday that is set to include dozens of mental health experts and building inspectors to further aid the island's recovery after an earthquake.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced the plans, which will include 26 bilingual mental health experts, as well as 25 state building inspectors to aid in the recovery.
"While the federal administration has turned its back on Puerto Rico, New York is continuing to step up to extend a helping hand," Cuomo said in a statement. "The people of Puerto Rico are suffering and they still need our help. This deployment of mental health professionals and experts on the structural assessment team will help ensure the safety of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and help them cope as they rebuild and restore their lives."
Cuomo traveled to the island last month as part of a recovery effort there backed by New York. Hochul will be joined by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado.
"While the federal government turns its back on our brothers and sisters, we remain steadfast in helping to ensure the health and safety of those in Puerto Rico and build back better and stronger," Hochul said.