State Police sends troopers to Puerto Rico to help with recovery

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The six-week deployment includes state and local police officers, divided into three separate two-week rotations.

Some 700,000 children are suffering from the effects of Maria in Puerto Rico after the hurricane devastated the island on September 20, according to Save the Children.

Ruiz traveled to the island on September 9 to enjoy a cruise with relatives, but after returning to port, she was stuck there because of Hurricane Maria.

The goal is to fill up a large truck and have the donations flown to Puerto Rico with the help of Jet Blue by the end of the month. She believes she can to do her part by volunteering her time in events such as the Global Café.

While many Puerto Ricans are bilingual, college officials say classes are available to help Spanish-speaking students learn English.

"This mission in particular is important and close to our hearts because we have family", he said.




The lawsuit contended the fiscal plan, approved in March by the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, violated provisions of the 2016 Puerto Rico rescue law known as PROMESA and the U.S. Constitution.

The governor said he will reiterate to a congressional delegation visiting Puerto Rico today the need for urgent action, due to the magnitude of the challenges.

According to the NGO, almost 60 percent of children in Puerto Rico live below the poverty line.

In addition, two New Jersey National Guard armories continue to accept donations to aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts. "We need to do something about it", she said.

"I think with the unity of everyone here, everyone trying to help out I think we will build back as long as we do it together", said Rafael Ruiz of Sayreville.

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