The San Juan Daily Star
Pierluisi tells NPP mayors he will insist that fiscal board release the $1 million per town
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia told New Progressive Party (NPP) mayors on Tuesday that he will insist that the Financial Oversight and Management Board allow the disbursement of $1 million to each municipality as promised after Hurricane Fiona.
“What I’m doing now is trying to make the [oversight] board not block all that allocation but at least allow a partial use of the funds that were allocated for this purpose in the law that I signed,” the governor said in response to questions from the press.
Pierluisi met in Bayamón with the members of the Puerto Rico Mayors Federation, which groups NPP mayors. Among the issues discussed was the contribution of the municipalities to the Vital Health Plan that the oversight board insists must continue.
In this regard, the Mayors Federation Gabriel Hernández Rodríguez, who is the mayor of Camuy, said the board should not oppose the exemption of that payment by the municipalities after Congress approved additional funds for five years for that program.
Other topics discussed included the need for increased input to the housekeeping program, the status of recreational area repairs with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-allocated funds, and the installation of street lights by LUMA Energy.