Organizers: Supplies for Puerto Rico being held up at airport

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Efforts to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria are being held up, according to relief organizers.

The David Santiago Senior Center in Williamsburg is just one of the main drop-off centers taking in donations across the borough. It has received cases of water and boxes of other supplies that are now stacked nearly to the ceiling.

All donations will eventually be shipped to Puerto Rico, but not as soon as organizers hoped.

According to their point of contact in San Juan, Puerto Rico, close to a ton of cargo is being held at the airport, instead of being distributed to those in need.

Blame is being placed in multiple directions, including toward FEMA, which denies holding an private donations. It says it only deals with supplies coming in from the federal government.

The group also points the finger at the Puerto Rican government and its plan to centralize distribution.

Organizers say the supplies can mean the difference between life and death.

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