The 48-year-old Lopez was born in NY to Puerto Rican parents.
Players at every professional game participated in some sort of protest during the national anthem Sunday. "Do something about our people in need in Puerto Rico". "Start with me because I'm an immigrant", Cuomo said. "Here we're talking about a controversy between the president and football players and the nation is obsessed with it".
"Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean", Lopez said in Spanish, then in English. "We're better than this, the political dialogue and discourse are better than this, our leaders are better than this and the American people are better than this". Cuomo said on 1010 WINS.
Cuomo cited looming cuts to Medicaid funding, the latest Republican effort to repeal Obamacare and escalating tensions with North Korea as other topics more deserving of the president's attention than the controversy over the NFL.
"We have not put the muscle of the USA government behind this effort and we should", Cuomo added.
"I said it publicly enough, I think they got the message", he said.
Andrew Mark Cuomo (pronounced /ˈkwoʊmoʊ/; born December 6, 1957) is the 56th and current Governor of NY, having assumed office on January 1, 2011.
Lopez, who serves as co-chair for the Cuomo-launched Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, thanked the governor for his assistance.
The 48-year-old's family hails from the Caribbean island and she has been urging her fans to donate to Hurricane Maria relief efforts after the storm decimated Puerto Rico earlier this week.