NEW YORK – On Thursday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced the donation of two full-size collection trucks from the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to the municipal governments of Vieques and Yabucoa in Puerto Rico.
The donations come as Puerto Rico continues recovery efforts from Hurricane Fiona, which devastated the island in September. The donation is being coordinated by the New York City Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) in collaboration with New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (NYCEM) and DSNY.
The trucks are expected to reach Puerto Rico in January 2023.
Mayor Adams said, “Immediately after Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico earlier this year, my team and I were assessing the needs of New York’s ‘Sixth County’ and providing whatever assistance we could to those affected.” providing the necessary resources for “While the hurricane and its aftermath may have faded from the spotlight, this donation of two sanitation trucks underscores our unwavering commitment to our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters amid their ongoing recovery process.”
Puerto Rico has been reeling from the effects of natural disasters since Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. Last September, Hurricane Fiona brought torrential rain to some areas of the island, severely affecting the government’s ability to provide vital services to its residents.
One of these major problems is the inability to effectively collect waste. Sanitation trucks in Puerto Rico have suffered major mechanical failures and the need to use alternate routes has halted their service.
“As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Fiona, we must support its recovery to the best of our ability,” said New York City Councilwoman Marjorie Velazquez. “In the past, our city has donated during other natural disasters, and this is no different. The donation of DSNY trucks will provide much needed assistance to support Puerto Rico’s emergency response. I wish my home island to New York City Excited to see the outpouring of support and hope it goes well.”
With the donation of these two trucks, Puerto Rico is making great efforts to improve its collection service and reduce this serious public health problem.
“One of the best qualities of New Yorkers is that when tragedy strikes, we take immediate action. Mayor Adams embodied this when Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, and he immediately stepped up to help with disaster management. New York State Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar said. “Now her humanitarian work continues with the donation of more than half a million dollars in medical equipment that will serve as a catalyst for recovery. Thank you to our mayor and all city agencies for working together to help the 6 boroughs.”