NewsPolitics Puerto Rico needs 'CEO' to speed up relief efforts, politicians say The "CEO of Response and Recovery" would communicate with the White House, Congress, the governor of Puerto Rico and various federal agencies working on the island. The executive would be responsible for making sure the island’s utilities and cleanup efforts move more quickly and would give the president the most up-to-date info. The White House should appoint a "CEO of response and recovery" for Puerto Rico, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (pictured left), Sen. Chuck Schumer (center), and Rep. Jose Serrano said on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Updated October 22, 2017 4:42 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Sen. Chuck Schumer and Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Jose Serrano called on President Donald Trump Sunday to appoint a "CEO" to speed up and organize ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In the month following Maria, the politicians said there has been no direction when it comes to relief efforts. Roughly 80 percent of the island is without power, 49 people are dead and 27 percent of residents still do not have access to clean water. “To just look at the situation you know something is askew, something isn’t working,” Schumer said. The “CEO of Response and Recovery” would act as a direct line to the White House, Congress, the governor of Puerto Rico and various federal agencies who are on the ground on the island. He or she would be tasked with making sure the island’s utilities and cleanup efforts move more quickly, and would give the president the most up-to-date info, according to Schumer. Although FEMA has been providing support on Puerto Rico since the Sept. 20 storm, Schumer said the agency is short-handed. “First they have Texas and Florida. They have the wildfires out west, and they are overburdened,” he said. The senator noted that the tri-state area had a similar figurehead during superstorm Sandy, Shaun Donovan, who helped the initial recovery plans move more efficiently. Schumer added that he would provide the president with some suggestions for the CEO. Representatives from the White House and FEMA didn’t respond to requests for comment. Last week, President Donald Trump gave his administration a “10” for its Puerto Rico recovery efforts, which drew heavy criticism. “It is clear the response to Maria has been ineffective, slow and weak,” Velazquez said. Serrano agreed and urged the president to turn things around by appointing the CEO and putting the individual to work immediately. “We don’t need paper towels thrown at people,” Serrano said. “What we need is a coordinated effort.” By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.