- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio and other New York City elected officials are urging Washington to aid Puerto Rico during its fiscal crisis.

Puerto Rico’s governor said last month that the island’s $72 billion public debt is unpayable given the current level of economic growth.

New York City has a large Puerto Rican population. De Blasio said Tuesday that the community feels “a personal tie” with island residents.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was born in Puerto Rico, urged the U.S. government to allow it to declare bankruptcy.

She and the mayor were joined at the City Hall press conference by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and other city officials.

The White House has said it is not considering a federal bailout of Puerto Rico.

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