SAN JUAN — New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has prolonged been decorous about what she will do after her term ends in December. But after Hurricane Maria, one thing is clear: Whatever comes next, it will engage Puerto Rico.
“Without a doubt,” Mark-Viverito told the Daily News in an talk in the hard-hit city of Las Mareas. “Without a doubt, given this is for the prolonged term.”
Mark-Viverito was on the belligerent in Puerto Rico with a organisation of Council members – several of whom are opposed to take her pursuit this Jan — to help out with service work and broach supplies. She bunked in Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan with that city’s mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, with whom she is close and who, like Mark-Viverito, has been deeply vicious of the response from Gov. Ricardo Rossello.
The trip, her third given the storm, is certain to replenish talks that she competence return to Puerto Rico to run for governor. She bristled at the thought her new trips could be seen as domestic — but didn’t order out anything for her future.
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“I theory people don’t know how — you know, I’m innate and lifted here, so how am we not going to adore and caring and be ardent and be outspoken about the things that matter?” she said. “There shouldn’t be the involuntary arrogance that given I’m an inaugurated central now, that somehow I’m trying to use it as a height for something else.
“I’m speaking out given my people merit better,” she continued. “We merit honour and we merit equal diagnosis and I’m going to use my voice to lift that, so there shouldn’t just be an arrogance that I’m using for office.”
Still, she pronounced she does consider Puerto Rico needs a opposite governor.
“I trust we do need better care than we have now. And I’m just committed to do what needs to happen,” she said. “So we don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Her inclination, she said, is to work on Puerto Rico’s interest on the mainland — to inspire communities there to get mobilized and be concerned in the crises on the island.
“I could help here, we am sure, but we consider that given the response has been so unsound on the sovereign side, that that’s where we need to put my energies,” she said. “So we’ll see, but I’m trying to import that as we spend some-more time here, as we do some-more work there. I’m just reckoning out what the best trail for me is. So I’m not certain nonetheless what that is.”
If Mark-Viverito were to run for governor, she’d face copiousness of obstacles — including that she hasn’t lived full time on the island in years. And she competence breeze up confronting her friend: Cruz, who has turn a informed face on wire news following the storm, is rumored to be eyeing the post herself in 2020.
While her outing to Puerto Rico was dominated by ferrying reserve and assisting hands to hard-hit areas in unfortunate need of them, there was an undercurrent of Puerto Rican politics everywhere. Mark-Viverito argued people on the mainland mostly mistake the island’s politics — party groups are some-more about the island’s standing as a country of the United States and whether, and how, that should change.
But there is a energetic at play that is certainly informed to New Yorkers. Cruz is from the Popular Democratic Party, which advocates for self-government. Rossello is from the New Progressive party, which advocates for statehood. In short: The mayor and the administrator do not get along, to the wreckage of their people.
“She’s observant the things that need to be pronounced and that the administrator is fearful to say,” Mark-Viverito pronounced of Cruz, who has bloody the sovereign response to the storm. “And so, that’s formulating a rift, right? You would consider that we could overcome politics at a time like this, but unfortunately it always seems to review to that.”
The two met when Cruz was first using for mayor in 2012, and visited New York to learn about aspects of its supervision — including participatory budgeting, which she adopted in San Juan. Mark-Viverito spoke at her inauguration, and during her revisit to San Juan this week, she and other Council members walked to a park and climbed atop play apparatus that had been built by participatory budgeting.
“We just grown a very clever bond,” Mark-Viverito said. “We’re very identical in terms of the interests and goals, in terms of Puerto Rico and ruling in a way that’s giving to the people. She’s been an inspiration.”
Mark-Viverito — whose mother, Elizabeth, stays but water service in her home in Puerto Rico — pronounced the trips to the island have been “emotionally taxing.”
“It does get to be overwhelming, given there’s so much work that needs to get done,” she said. “So just trying to hang your conduct around that — there’s so many opposite levels, between the immediacy on the belligerent and what the communities need, to at the top levels of fighting Congress and the administration to make certain that correct and adequate appropriation is being streamlined.”
But in an talk last week, Cruz pronounced New York’s help has done a difference.
“Nobody asked her or Bill de Blasio — they just literally came to the rescue,” Cruz said. “So it feels like we’re partial of the same community. It feels like there’s no stretch that can extinguish the shared values that we have, and it feels like we will not be forgotten.”
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