NY Gov. Cuomo calls for investigation into federal hurricane response for Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the establishment of an “independent federal commission” to investigate the federal response to the hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico in 2017.
Following the release of the results from a survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, estimating that the death toll of Maria in Puerto Rico could range from 800 to 8,000 people, Cuomo joined Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez’s “demand for a commission to immediately investigate the federal response, death toll and any negligence or failure to appropriately respond, as well as disaster preparedness, response and recovery, according to a media release issued by the governor’s office Friday.
“The recent report that the death toll of Hurricane Maria is 70 times higher than previously reported is horrifying, unconscionable and must spur us to action. While I am proud that New York has led the recovery effort for our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters, I am appalled by the federal government’s abhorrent failure to respond appropriately and to prevent this massive loss of life,” Cuomo said. “I join Congresswoman Velázquez in demanding a thorough investigation of the federal response to identify and root out any negligence and to mitigate damage and prevent tragedies during the upcoming hurricane season.”
Velázquez is preparing legislation to establish the commission.