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    New York State Picks up FEMA’s slack

    In late September 2017, Hurricane Maria bore down on the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico, knocking out power, destroying homes, and reaping an estimated death toll of about three thousand souls. The destruction motivated more than 135,000 Puerto Ricans to flea the island, and relocate to the mainland United States.   Many US citizens have criticized the Federal government’s response to the catastrophe for not being of sufficient scale and speed. USA Today reported that six months after the hurricane struck, 200,000 families still lacked electricity. A year has passed and public buildings like hospitals are still damaged, isolated areas are still without water, and the electric grid is…