Cuomo returns from storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- 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.