Gov. Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

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Lucy Yang has more on how New Yorkers are helping out victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. (WABC)

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

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

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

MORE: List of local drop-off locations for supplies to Puerto Rico

Cuomo was joined by entertainer Jennifer Lopez for the announcement.

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Gov. Cuomo announced a state aid effort for Puerto Rico.

He also made a reference to Republican President Donald Trump's comments criticizing athletes who protest during the national anthem, saying "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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