Federal response to Hurricane Maria slowly takes shape

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Cuomo said NY has the largest Puerto Rican community outside of the island and many are anxious about their relatives there.

Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola, who was born in Puerto Rico, volunteered the Election Office in City Hall as a donation site for relief supplies.

Watson said he's also concerned that people will decide to flee Puerto Rico permanently.

In her speech, Lopez confirmed that she still has not heard from all of her family members in Puerto Rico.

Lopez, who is dating baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, said the couple were working with athletes to arrange two aircraft to deliver supplies.

"New York is prepared to do whatever we can do to help".

In San Juan, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello appeared at a brief news conference Monday and praised the US federal response to Hurricane Maria, which has included sending almost 10,000 people to help recovery from the devastation.

"We need to do as much as we can to help the people of Puerto Rico". "We're really rushed wrapping up on a plan on how we're going to rebuild resiliently as opposed to rebuild fast", he said.

It's been five days since Hurricane Maria tore through the island of Puerto Rico, killing at least 16 people, damaging homes, roads and fields and leaving millions without power.

Nearly all of our Puerto Rico-based team members and their families have experienced significant damage to their homes and communities as a result of this bad natural catastrophe.

Northern Michigan is getting involved in relief efforts for Puerto Rico.

Due to Puerto Rico's ongoing economic recession, the island imports around 85 percent of its food for consumption, the Times said. "And we need all the help we can get", said Ortiz as she stood in line for water.

The majority of the island's more than 3 million US citizens are still without power five days later.

A handful of stars with connections to Puerto Rico joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference Sunday to draw attention to the severity of the damage, Deadline reported Sunday, including Jennifer Lopez and Rosie Perez.

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