The storm knocked out power and communications to virtually all of Puerto Rico's 3.2 million residents, while destroying the homes of thousands.
For months, the USA government contended that the official death toll from the hurricane and the three months afterward was 64.
Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.
Now, the White House said, power and water systems have been restored for almost all of the island's 3.3 million residents, and all but 640 of Puerto Rico's 27,000 kilometers of roadways have been repaired.
The Trump administration claims its response to Hurricane Maria was a "tremendous", "unsung" success. "Before, during, and after the two massive hurricanes, the President directed the entire Administration to provide unprecedented support to Puerto Rico".
And yet, aside from Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel's advocacy for the island (though, fierce), the FCC has done very little to aid or draw awareness to the slow recovery in Puerto Rico - particularly for the disconnected reality that still exists for many Puertoriqueños. "Today we are joined to raise a prayer for all the Puerto Rican sisters and brothers who died as a result of Hurricane Maria".
He further said that "3000 people did not die" following Hurricane Maria.
Antonio Torres, one of the organizers of the vigil, said fewer people would've died if the USA government had a better response.
"It's too much", she said. Both storms reached Category 5 levels of intensity at different points in their development.
"I went into depression, the whole year I've been under depression", she said.
Cuomo also says a memorial to the victims of Maria is being planned.
"It provides hope. It provides what they see as a bright future", School District Chief Human Resource Officer Dr. Angela Pruitt said. She also described, in detail, the troubles that have plagued the island territory since the storm began a year ago.
She has had to pay for repairs to her elderly parents' front porch in Yabucoa, a municipality to the Southeast of San Juan.
After more than a quarter-century of teaching, in year 26, she has found her dream job in Lee County. "This hit us hard". A Florida International University survey estimates 75 percent of Puerto Ricans living in Florida have a favorable view of Scott, who was in San Juan on Thursday, and 62 percent have a favorable view of Nelson, who has been critical of Federal Emergency Management Agency's response. The initial toll was listed as 64 deaths, but several studies since then have pegged the number as much higher, partly because in the storm's aftermath, ailing island residents were unable to get the medical treatment they needed because of blocked roads or lack of electrical power they needed for surgeries and medical care.