Supplies

Governor Cuomo, Food Bank For New York City, in partnership with Atlas Air Worldwide, JetBlue, and the Red Cross, will transport more than 110 tons of much needed supplies to Puerto Rico to aid in relief and recovery efforts. The Atlas Boeing 747-400 Freighter departed New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport shortly after 10am Saturday.

Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

More shipments of supplies donated by New Yorkers and a top state official are being sent to Puerto Rico, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. 

The state partnered with TIDAL, a music streaming service owned by rap mogul Jay-Z, to deliver the supplies. The shipments include 283,000 half-liter bottles of water, 85,000 diapers, 42,000 baby wipes, 40,000 containers of baby food, 15,000 canned goods, 15,000 juice pouches, 8,600 solar lamps and 6,300 pounds of dry food. 

The good were donated by New Yorkers at collection sites across the state. 

The TIDAL X: Puerto Rico initiative delivered the supplies on chartered planes Saturday and Monday. JetBlue transported additional supplies on board a passenger flight to Puerto Rico Saturday. 

Cuomo deployed state Homeland Security Commissioner Roger Parrino to supervise the distribution of the supplies in Puerto Rico. 

"When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best and this state has proved that once again with the overwhelming generosity that has been shown for our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico struggling to recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Maria," Cuomo said. 

Puerto Rico was affected by two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that passed through the Caribbean. While Irma generated strong winds and caused damage, Maria had the biggest impact. The storm caused widespread power outages and destroyed homes. 

Weeks after Maria made landfall, 84 percent of Puerto Ricans don't have power. Most gas stations and supermarkets have reopened, but infrastructure — particularly the island's energy grid — is the biggest concern. 

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who visited Puerto Rico with a bipartisan congressional delegation last weekend, called for a "Marshall-style plan" to help the island with its recovery. 

Cuomo traveled to Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Maria's landfall. He has repeatedly said that seeing the devastation in person was worse than the images being shown on television. 

The trip to Puerto Rico served as the launch of New York's effort to help Puerto Rico. Cuomo spearheaded the creation of a relief program to collect financial donations and supplies for Puerto Rico. 

Last week, he announced that doctors, nurses and medical supplies would be sent to assist Puerto Rican hospitals. 

"Make no mistake, the recovery process is only beginning and the path that lays ahead for Puerto Rico is a difficult one, but New Yorkers are in this for the long haul," Cuomo said. "We will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow Americans until the island is built back even better than before." 

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