NY Gov. Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching a state effort to help Puerto Rico.

The Democrat announced the relief effort on Sunday, after making a visit to the hurricane-ravaged island on Friday. It will encourage residents statewide to donate goods, and raise funds from the business community for organizations in Puerto Rico.

It will also include efforts from medical professionals to send health care workers to the island and provide support in getting medicine and medical supplies.

Cuomo was joined by entertainer Jennifer Lopez for the announcement.

He also made a reference to President Donald Trump's comments criticizing athletes who protest during the national anthem, saying that "instead of arguing with football players ... why don't we put the politics aside and focus on helping Americans in desperate need."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "New Yorkers know full well the devastation that Mother Nature can create. Our hearts and minds are with all Puerto Ricans, as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the inevitably long road ahead. In times of adversity, it is our responsibility to look after one another, and as New Yorkers, we have experienced the same generosity and compassion from our friends and neighbors. We are in full support of Governor Cuomo's relief efforts for Puerto Rico and encourage all New Yorkers to join the recovery mission in the spirit of love and empathy."

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