Crespo: “The UJA-Federation of NY Supply 200 Power Generators for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands”

September 24, 2017- New York, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined by New Yorkers Jennifer Lopez, Rose Perez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and pitcher Seth Lugo of the Mets, along with elected officials and labor, business and hospital leaders to provide an update on the Puerto Rico recovery effort and to make an announcement. (Photo credit: Philip Kamrass/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

September 24, 2017- New York, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined by New Yorkers Jennifer Lopez, Rose Perez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and pitcher Seth Lugo of the Mets, along with elected officials and labor, business and hospital leaders to provide an update on the Puerto Rico recovery effort and to make an announcement. (Photo credit: Philip Kamrass/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Assemblyman Crespo, Council Member Levine and the UJA-Federation of NY Supply 200 Power Generators for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last week, Council Member Mark Levine, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of SOMOS el Futuro, and Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York announced today they would be sending 200 mobile power generators for distribution to community-based service organizations and urgently needed medicines, including tetanus vaccines and insulin.

The initial shipment of relief items was purchased by UJA to aid the hurricane ravaged islands of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other parts of the Caribbean. UJA-Federation utilized its network of both relief organizations and Jewish communities in the affected areas to identify and arrange for procurement and shipment of these critically needed supplies.

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of the Bronx Democratic Committee and SOMOS el Futuro said, “The island of Puerto Rico is in dire need of help and I’m proud to stand side-by-side with my colleagues in government, the nonprofit community, and everyday New Yorkers who support us to help answer that call.” He thanked UJA for partnering with himself and Councilman Levine to provide much needed supplies in this time of need and look forward to a continued partnership as we embark in this long-term relief effort to help Puerto Rico and all those impacted by the recent wave of devastating hurricanes.

Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus said, “The ties between the Jewish and Puerto Rican communities in New York have been deep for generations, and so the devastation on the island hits New Yorkers as if it were a member of our own family suffering.” Levine noted the destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria left the island without power and in desperate need of medical supplies and generators.

The Councilman expressed gratitude and pride in the way Jewish New Yorkers are stepping up to do their part during this crisis, and shared his deep gratitude to “UJA for their partnership and commitment to aiding Puerto Rico as they seek to rebuild in the coming months.”

“UJA and the New York Jewish Community are grateful to New York’s elected officials for their efforts to help the communities ravaged by the recent hurricanes. We anticipate this will be the first round of support to the area in PR, and are in touch with local partners and working to secure other necessities in the coming days. And while the enormous relief effort is challenged by communication issues and ground conditions, we are carefully and diligently working with local partners to ensure aid is safely and quickly delivered. We thank all the New Yorkers who support UJA and enable us to mobilize immediately when disaster strikes,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York.

The badly needed generators and medical supplies will be delivered to the stricken islands as quickly as possible.

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