New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pledges state aid effort for Puerto Rico

To be hosted by Mario Kreutzberger and Don Francisco, the telethon is to support people impacted by recent earthquakes in Mexico, and Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.

The governor traveled to Puerto Rico on Friday with Representative Nydia Velazquez, a Democrat born in Yabucoa, in the southeastern part of the island, on a plane donated by JetBlue.

"What's on my mind is what's going on in Puerto Rico", she said in a video posted on the social media site.

"Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are utilizing all of our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts", Lopez said.

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Almost 1.2 million Puerto Ricans live in New York State, including about 700,000 in New York City. The supplies will be collected and managed at the Javits Center in New York City by the New York National Guard.

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"The consequences have been disastrous", she said, adding she still hasn't been able to get in touch with some relatives on the island.

"We also know that given the financial pressures that the island was under before, it makes the task even more hard", he said. "More than 15,000 people have been forced into shelters, and the storm has devastated the lives of thousands of others".

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NY has historically been a hub for Puerto Ricans who move to the mainland United States.

When the governor finished speaking, chants of "Puerto Rico!"

Cuomo 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".

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