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NY governor to head to Puerto Rico

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January 14, 2020--Kennedy Airport--Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, accompanied by his daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, leads a delegation of elected officials and members of the New York State Guard on a trip to Puerto Rico to assess damage and provide assistance following several recent earthquakes on the island. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of earthquakes.

The Democrat's office says he plans to travel to Puerto Rico Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cuomo said 115 National Guard members will head down to the island to help with emergency services.

"I don't believe the federal government stepped up the way they should," Cuomo said Tuesday morning before leaving to head down to the island. "They treated Puerto Rico as if it was a separate country. Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. They're not second-class American citizens. We don't have second class and third class American citizens. We're American citizens."

The ground in southwest Puerto Rico has been shaking since Dec. 28 with hundreds of small earthquakes. Recent quakes have toppled homes and schools.

The director of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority has ordered the temporary closure of the company's largest plant, which crews had been inspecting for damage caused by earlier quakes.

Cuomo said New York has been sending state power authority officials to assist in recovery efforts.

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