New York Puerto Rico

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello shake hands at a news conference, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in New York. Cuomo announced that the state will be sending personnel and trucks to aid in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico's electrical grid. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Mark Lennihan

After Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged that New York would help the island — home to 3.5 million Americans — recover and rebuild. 

So far, Cuomo has lived up to that promise. 

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello visited New York Thursday and joined Cuomo for an aerial tour of sites that were affected by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The goal of the tour was to help Puerto Rico better understand the recovery process and how to best rebuild in the aftermath of major natural disasters. 

Rossello praised Cuomo and New York for its aid in the island's time of need. 

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, New York has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Puerto Rico every step of the way, and we are grateful to have their unyielding support and expertise as we rebuild and recover," he said. 

Here is a look at how New York has helped Puerto Rico, by the numbers: 

1,100,000: The number of bottles of water delivered by New York through the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort. It's also the number of diapers that have been distributed to Puerto Rico from New York. Many of these products were collected at sites across the state. 

1,800,000: The number of individual baby wipes collected from New Yorkers and distributed to Puerto Rico. 

350: Cuomo announced Thursday that 350 utility personnel and 220 bucket trucks and other equipment will be deployed to Puerto Rico as work continues to restore the island's power grid. A tactical power restoration team will be deployed to Puerto Rico. The team includes 28 engineers and 15 damage assessment experts. The state previously deployed 20 New York Power Authority experts to assess the damage to Puerto Rico's energy grid. 

2: A key part of assessing the island's electric grid: The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent two drone pilots to help with the review. 

156: The number of volunteers from New York's medical community that traveled to Puerto Rico Thursday to assist with health care needs after the hurricane. The effort was spearheaded by six organizations, including the Greater New York Hospital Association, the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU. The volunteers will spend 14 days in Puerto Rico, according to the governor's office. 

$1,000,000+: The value of medical supplies delivered to Puerto Rico. The Greater New York Hospital Association, the Afya Foundation and UJA-Federation of New York led the medical supply donation effort. 

30,000: The total weight (in pounds) of the medical supplies delivered to health care providers in Puerto Rico. The supplies include antibiotics, 3,000 vials of insulin, transplant surgery drugs, pediatric oncology drugs and vaccines. 

317: The number of National Guard personnel sent to the island to the assist with the recovery. This includes 132 National Guard military police, 125 engineers and 60 soldiers. The National Guard response included four Black Hawk helicopters. 

200+: More than 70 employees from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were deployed to the island along with more than 130 New York state troopers. The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services also sent a five-member logistical support team. 

$10,000: The minimum donation being solicited from businesses by the Puerto Rico Relief and Rebuilding Fund, which is being administered by the Partnership for New York City. The fund will distribute grants to Puerto Rican organizations that are assisting the recovery effort. 

10: The number of generators sent by New York to Puerto Rico.  

8,600: The state has distributed 8,600 solar lamps in Puerto Rico. These lamps help provide some light as most of the island remains without power. 

15,200: The number of bottles or pouches of juice and sports drinks delivered to Puerto Rico through the state's relief effort. 

23,015: The number of canned goods collected by the state and sent to Puerto Rico. 

37,072: The number of packages of dry food that have been collected through the donation drive and delivered to Puerto Rico. 

40,420: Another need: baby food. There have been 40,420 containers of baby food delivered to the island. 

220,300: New York has collected and distributed 220,300 feminine products to Puerto Rico, according to the governor's office. 

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