Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Wolf expressed his support for the people of Puerto Rico today as they begin work to assess damage and recover from the devastating effects of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
“Pennsylvania is proud to be home to more than 500,000 people of Puerto Rican ancestry; Philadelphia alone is home to more than 120,000 who hail from Puerto Rico, many of them with family members on the now-devastated island,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hearts go out to those affected here and in Puerto Rico. We offer our support to our fellow citizens during this extraordinary time. Puerto Ricans have fought and died for our country and now we owe our best to them as they fight to recover. ”
Gov. Wolf also thanked the City of Philadelphia, Mayor Kenney, Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, State representatives Angel Cruz and Emilio Vasquez, and former Philadelphia City Councilman Angel Ortiz for their public effort to garner support and a coordinated relief effort for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans living in Philadelphia at a press conference being held later today.
“I’d also like to thank the members of my Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs; its members are engaged and involved in relief efforts amid concern for family members living on the island.”
Five members of PA Task Force 1 are currently in San Juan, Puerto Rico, including a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department. These task force members are assessing damage and offering their expertise as part of FEMA operations.