FHP troopers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane recovery efforts


NYU has joined Brown University, Cornell University, and Tulane University in offering tuition assistance programs for undergraduates in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.

Rosselló tried to distance himself from the $300 million pact with the firm, Whitefish Energy Holdings, telling the House Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that he had "no participation in this contract, zero", adding, "We are completely committed to transparency in this process".

A new report from the New York Times has uncovered the startling gap between what Whitefish Energy, the small energy company that was charged with rebuilding Puerto Rico's devastated power grid, charged for their workers versus what it actually paid.

"We have to pay a premium to entice the labor to come to Puerto Rico to work", Chris Chiames said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 220 more workers will be sent to the island later this week.

A legacy of dysfunction (at PREPA) has created a competence deficit that threatens the Island's ability to improve conditions for its citizens.

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On 13 November 2017, federal District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled that the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico could not appoint Noel Zamot, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, to take over management of PREPA.

In the lead-up to two Congressional hearings on Puerto Rico's disaster recovery on Tuesday, documents from Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority show that officials within the agency had concerns over the Whitefish Energy contract even as it was being advanced.

Responding to a question from Senator Lisa Murkowski asking whether in retrospect it would have been better to use mutual aid contracts with public utilities instead of the private contract with Whitefish Energy, Rosselló said the decision was made partly because he expected the Army Corps. of Engineers' work on the island to be more efficient. Now the company has 300 employees and employs mostly subcontractors like JEA.

"It's an awesome feeling, I'm really glad we got the opportunity to go down and help out and be there in support of the population down there", Dennis said. They returned home last week after completing their main mission of providing network and voice communications on the island.

In addition to Congress, the Government Accountability Office and the FBI are investigating details of the contract.