Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Today, I call on the House, the Senate and President Trump to put aside their political differences and do the right thing for the people of Puerto Rico; pass a multi-billion aid package and waive the restrictive Jones Act, so needed food, water and equipment can be delivered to the island as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“The people of Puerto Rico are facing a massive humanitarian crisis. 3.4 million American citizens are at risk; red tape and political bickering must stop so humanitarian aid can be delivered immediately. For me, this is a personal issue, many of my mother’s family settled in Puerto Rico after fleeing Fidel Castro’s repressive regime in Cuba.

“5 years ago SuperStorm Sandy devastated New York City and it was a far less powerful storm than Hurricane Maria. I personally witnessed the pain, loss and the frustration with the recovery process that Sandy caused my constituents. That’s why it’s time for New Yorkers and all Americans to step up to the plate and let our elected officials know that Puerto Rico needs help and it needs it now.”