Associated PressSep 24, 2017, 1:59 pmSep 25, 2017, 6:39 am

Gov. Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

Residents statewide will be encouraged to donate goods, raise funds from business community

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NEW YORK — 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."

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