New York sending 100 troopers to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 7:54 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 2:57 PM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’s activated 100 New York state troopers to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of devastating flooding and winds caused by Hurricane Fiona.

Hochul said she spoke to Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi who requested Spanish-speaking law enforcement officers to help respond to citizens’ needs.

“I’m proud to announce after that call last night, we immediately deployed or started to activate police officers. We will have over 100 troopers from the New York State Police Department on their way to Puerto Rico over this next week. And as the need continues to rise, be ready to offer other resources and support,” said Hochul, D-New York.

The blow from Fiona was made more devastating because Puerto Rico has yet to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, which killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the power grid.