**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** September 25th, 2017
Contact: Jake Sporn // 516-946-5253 // Jake.NYCouncil7@gmail.com
New York, NY - Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria last week, Council Member Mark Levine, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of SOMOS el Futuro, and Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York announced today they would be sending 200 mobile power generators for distribution to community-based service organizations and urgently needed medicines, including tetanus vaccines and insulin.
The initial shipment of relief items was purchased by UJA to aid the hurricane ravaged islands of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other parts of the caribbean. UJA-Federation utilized its network of both relief organizations and Jewish communities in the affected areas to identify and arrange for procurement and shipment of these critically needed supplies.
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Chair of the Bronx Democratic Committee and SOMOS el Futuro said, “The island of Puerto Rico is in dire need of help and I'm proud to stand side-by-side with my colleagues in government, the nonprofit community, and everyday New Yorkers who support us to help answer that call. I thank UJA for partnering with us to help provide much needed supplies in this time of need and look forward to a continued partnership as we embark in this long-term relief effort to help Puerto Rico and all those impacted by the recent wave of devastating hurricanes."
Council Member Mark Levine, Chair of the City Council’s Jewish Caucus said, "The ties between the Jewish and Puerto Rican communities in New York have been deep for generations, and so the devastation on the island hits New Yorkers as if it were a member of our own family suffering. The destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria has left the island without power and in desperate need of medical supplies and generators. I'm incredibly proud of the way Jewish New Yorkers are stepping up to do their part during this crisis, and I am deeply grateful to UJA for their partnership and commitment to aiding Puerto Rico as they seek to rebuild in the coming months."
Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York said, "UJA and the New York Jewish Community are grateful to New York's elected officials for their efforts to help the communities ravaged by the recent hurricanes. We anticipate this will be the first round of support to the area in PR, and are in touch with local partners and working to secure other necessities in the coming days. And while the enormous relief effort is challenged by communication issues and ground conditions, we are carefully and diligently working with local partners to ensure aid is safely and quickly delivered. We thank all the New Yorkers who support UJA and enable us to mobilize immediately when disaster strikes. Most importantly, our hearts and prayers remain with all those directly affected and with their families and loved ones here in New York."