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WPCNR Tuesday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Coronavirus Briefing. By John F. Bailey. April 28, 2020:

The Governor said a number of counties have Coronavirus cases low enough to compare with less impacted states around the country at his briefing this afternoon at Upstate Medical College in Syracuse. Downstate New York was not one of them, yet.

Those counties the Governor showed on a map indicated the number of covid cases would be considered first for reopenings, however those counties wishing to open have to submit a 12-point plan of issues (described Monday) to be addressed, fulfilled, and submitted for state approval before any reopening.

An advisory board on reopenings is being formed of 30 business and community leaders to help craft and evaluate the efficacy of submitted county plans,

The new specifics added to yesterday’s presentation set 2 standards for any reopening county dictating when they must halt any reopening in progress and address a corona spread.

If hospitals in treating patients with Coronavirus or whatever medical situations went over 70% capacity (with 30%  of that capacity reserved to treat serious corona virus patients, this would dictate the county could not continue with the reopening.

The second signal to halt the county reopening would be triggered if the number of new cases indicated infections rose above 1 person to 1 person.

Either condition would  be a “circuit breaker,” Governor Cuomo called it, seeming to indicate perhaps any reopening breaching those hard stops,  would have to slow, stop and install previous efforts to corral the rapid growth of the corona disease again.

A decision on school policy, the Governor said, would be made at the end of this week. Asked about the plan for September, the governor said it was too far ahead to make a decision.

The Reopenings of New York planned will not be a return to a normal summer, either.

Governor Cuomo responding to the first question from a reporter at the “Q & A” asking if open festivals, fairs, waterpark facilities would be allowed, Governor Cuomo said “No they can’t.” Amplying that, the Governor said this included pools, waterparks and beaches, because they create “density.”

Melissa DeRosa, Executive Secretary to the Governor said the backlog of unemployment claims was down to 400,000, and a printing glich of 1,000,000 checks that stuck together while printing, had been identified and was being rectified.

It was announced that the Central New York region was going to have hospitals cleared to accept electoral surgery first, but the Capitol District, Western New York, and Downstate New York would not.

An advisory board on reopenings is being formed of 100 business and community leaders to help craft and evaluate the efficacy of submitted county plans, The members were announced late Tuesday afternoon:


 Quenia Abreu – President New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce  Elizabeth Alexander – President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  Vincent Alvarez – President, NYC Central Labor Council  Ajay Banga – CEO, MasterCard  Kathy Behrens – President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs, National Basketball Association  Bill Berkley – Chair, NYU  Albert Bourla – CEO, Pfizer  Elizabeth Bradley – President, Vassar College  Kyle Bragg – President, SEIU 32BJ  Heather Briccetti – President & CEO, The Business Council  Tory Burch – Executive Chair, Tory Burch LLC  Gerrard P. Bushell – former President and CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)  James Cahill – President, NYS Building and Construction Trades  Wellington Chen – Executive Director of Chinatown Business Improvement District  Mario Cilento – President, NYS AFL-CIO  Henry Cisneros – Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co.  Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner – President, SUNY Buffalo State College  Steven M. Cohen – Former Secretary to the Governor  Stacey Cunningham – President, NYSE  Vijay Dandapani – President & CEO, Hotel Association of NYC  Sonya Del Peral – Nine Pin Ciderworks  Mylan Denerstein – Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher  Alicia Fernandez Dicks – President/CEO, Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer  James Dolan – CEO, Madison Square Garden  Stacey Duncan – Executive Director, The Agency  Leecia Eve – Vice President of State Government Affairs, Verizon  Bill Ford – CEO, General Atlantic LLC  Jane Fraser – President, Citigroup  Adena Friedman – President & CEO, Nasdaq  Bea Grause – President, Healthcare Association of New York State  Jonathan Gray – President & COO, Blackstone Group  George Gresham – President, 1199SEIU  Horacio Gutierrez – General Counsel, Spotify  Sabrina HoSang Jordan – CEO, Caribbean Food Delights, Inc.  Maria Imperial – CEO, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester  Shirley Ann Jackson – President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  Dr. Amarilis Jacobo – President, National Hispanic Dental Association  Jeremy Jacobs Jr – Co-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North  Michele Johnson – YWCAs of Elmira – President of YWCAs NYS  René Jones – Chair & CEO, M&T Bank  Michel Khalaf – President & CEO, MetLife  Pat Kane – Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association  Gary LaBarbera – President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York  Mary Beth Labate – President, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities  Kevin Law – President & CEO, Long Island Association, Inc.  Jon Ledecky – Co-Owner, NY Islanders  Kewsong Lee – Co-CEO, Carlyle Group  Randy Levine – President, NY Yankees  Mayra Linares-Garcia – VP of Public Affairs and Communications at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages  Melanie Littlejohn – Chair, Board of Directors, CenterState CEO  Joanie Mahoney – Chief Operating Officer, SUNY ESF  Carl McCall – Former Chair, SUNY Board of Trustees; Former NYS Comptroller  Brenda McDuffie – President & CEO at Buffalo Urban League  Cheryl McKissack Daniel – President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack  Father Joseph McShane – President, Fordham University  Elizabeth Moore – General Counsel, Con Edison  Wes Moore – CEO, Robin Hood  Marc Morial – President & CEO, National Urban League  William J. Mulrow – Former Secretary to the Governor  John McAvoy – Chairman, President & CEO, Con Edison  Danny Meyer – CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group  Dr. Belinda S. Miles – President, SUNY Westchester Community College  Frankie Miranda – President & CEO, Hispanic Federation  Orinthia T. Montague – President, Tompkins Cortland Community College  Candice Niu – Executive Director, China General Chamber of Commerce  Ana Oliveira – President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation  Kim Pegula – President and CEO, Pegula Sports and Entertainment  Elizabeth Peralta – Executive Director, National Supermarket Association  Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker – President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo  Charles Phillips – Chair, Infor  Martha Pollack – President, Cornell University  Ted Potrikus – President & CEO, Retail Council of New York State  Ken Raske – President, Greater NY Hospital Association  Scott Rechler – CEO & Chairman, RXR Realty  Andrew Rigie – President, NYC Hospitality Alliance  Linda Brown-Robinson – President, Syracuse Onondaga NAACP  Lisa Rosenblum – Vice Chair, Altice  Jane Rosenthal – Co-Founder & CEO, Tribeca Enterprises  Steven Rubenstein – Chairman, Association for a Better New York  Bill Rudin – Rudin Management Company  Kevin Ryan – Co-Founder, MongoDB  Julie Samuels – President, Tech:NYC  Rob Sands – Chairman, Constellation Brands  Theresa Sanders – President of the Urban League of Long Island  Jaime Saunders – CEO, United Way of Greater Rochester  Diane Serratore – Executive Director, Help From People to People  Carlo Scissura – President & CEO, NY Building Congress  Leonard Schleifer – CEO, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals  Josh Silverman – CEO, Etsy  Lisa Sorin – President, Bronx Chamber of Commerce  Rob Speyer – President & CEO, Tishman Speyer  Ty Stone – President, Jefferson County Community College  Ken Sunshine – President, Sunshine Sachs  Steve Swartz – President & CEO, Hearst; Co- Chair, Partnership for NYC  Chandrika Tandon – Chair, Tandon Capital Associates  Elinor Tatum – Publisher and Editor in Chief, New York Amsterdam News  Crickett Thomas-O’Dell – Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute  Bill Thompson – Chairman, CUNY  Merryl Tisch – Chairman, SUNY  Erin Tolefree – Executive Vice President, Baldwin Richardson Foods  Elizabeth Velez – CEO Velez Organization & Chair, NY Building Congress  Fanny Villarreal – Executive Director, YWCA Syracuse Onondaga County  Dennis Walcott – Former NYC School Chancellor  John Waldron – President and COO, Goldman Sachs  Darren Walker – President, Ford Foundation  Peter Ward – President, NY Hotel & Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO  Nicole Wegman – Senior Vice President, Wegmans  Anthony Welters – Executive Chairman, BlackIvy Group, LLC  Jim Whelan – President, Real Estate Board of New York  Jeff Wilpon – COO, NY Mets  Tren’ness Woods-Black – Sylvia’s Restaurant  Sheena Wright – President & CEO, United Way of New York City  Kathy Wylde – President & CEO, Partnership for NYC  Jo-Ann Yoo – Executive Director, Asian American Federation  Kristine M. Young – President, Orange County Community College  Lourdes Zapata – President & CEO at South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation

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