ALBANY — New York on Tuesday morning was sending the latest round of medical supplies and equipment to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
In announcing the shipment, which was being delivered by a plane leaving from Westchester County Airport, Gov. Cuomo said that many of the island’s hospitals are operating on generators running short on supplies.
The state medical community on Tuesday was shipping out about $500,000 worth of equipment and supplies like bandages, Cuomo said.
In addition, they are readying to deploy about 100 doctors and 200 nurses to the island to offer assistance.
“For the hospital and the medical community to be making this gesture now is really significant, because the medical community itself is under a lot of pressure,” Cuomo said, citing a series of proposed and enacted federal funding cuts. “Even in the midst of this, you see this show of tremendous generosity.”
Cuomo said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello requested the medical supplies and personnel.
The UJA was providing the transportation and the unions representing nurses and other health care personnel were putting together the people who will be going down, the governor said.
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New York previously sent state troopers and other emergency personnel to Puerto Rico in the wake of the storm that left the island without power, phones or running water.
Cuomo said the biggest impediment once the supplies reach the island is distributing them because of washed out and blocked roads and the need for personnel who know the layout of the island.
Tuesday’s shipments from New York come the same day President Trump was scheduled to visit Puerto Rico for the first time since it was hit by Hurricane Maria.
Cuomo, who has been mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, criticized Trump for waiting too long. Cuomo…