ALBANY, N.Y. — The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s visit to Puerto Rico (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has returned from a second trip to Puerto Rico to assess recovery efforts and bring further supplies and personnel to assist the hurricane ravaged U.S. territory.

Thursday’s one-day visit by the Democratic governor was his second following Hurricane Maria. He says the trip showed Puerto Rico will need years of assistance and billions of dollars of funding.

Cuomo criticized the federal government’s response as slow but said New York will assist the island as long as help is needed.

The governor, considered a possible 2020 White House contender, traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico last month to survey hurricane damage.

The state has sent tons of supplies and hundreds of personnel including members of the New York National Guard and state police.


9:54 a.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

The Democrat departed Thursday morning and was expected to return to New York later in the evening.

Before his departure, Cuomo criticized the federal government’s response to the hurricane, saying the recovery will take years and require many billions of dollars. He said New York will assist the island as long as help is needed.

The governor, considered a possible White House contender in 2020, traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico last month to survey hurricane damage.

The state has sent tons of supplies and hundreds of personnel including members of the New York National Guard and state police.


5:55 a.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is headed back to Puerto Rico as the state continues to help the U.S. territory recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

The Democrat’s office announced late Wednesday night that he will be departing from JFK Airport after making an announcement at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in one of the terminals. Cuomo plans to return to New York Thursday evening.

The governor traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands and then to Puerto Rico last month to get a first-hand look at the devastation caused by the hurricane. Since then the state has sent tons of supplies to the islands along with hundreds of members of the New York National Guard and state police as well as scores of Port Authority employees.