The Wrap Up – May 1, 2020

Schools and Colleges Statewide Closed for Remainder of Academic Year

Governor Cuomo announced today that K-12 schools and colleges statewide will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.  In the meantime, schools will be required to maintain their distance learning initiatives, meal programs will continue, and child care services for essential employees also will continue.  A decision on summer school programming will be made by the end of May.  The Governor has not set a timetable for deciding whether schools will reopen this fall, but schools and colleges must develop reopening plans for the State’s review and approval prior to opening.

The Governor stated that decisions on summer camp operations will be made on a regional basis.

Future of “New York State on PAUSE” Protocols

New York State on PAUSE” business restrictions and social protocols are in effect through May 15.  The Governor will decide whether to extend or modify these directives prior to this date. 

Mental Health Initiatives

The Governor announced that New York State is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service for frontline health care workers.  These workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access the services.

Additionally, the New York State Department of Financial Services will require State-regulated health insurers to waive cost-sharing (including deductibles), copayments and coinsurance for in-network mental health services for New York’s frontline essential workers during COVID-19. Finally, the Department also will be issuing an emergency regulation to prohibit insurers from imposing cost-sharing for telehealth and in-person mental health services rendered by in-network providers on an outpatient basis to frontline essential workers eligible to be tested at one of the State’s drive through or walk-in COVID-19 testing sites.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

Thankfully, we are remaining on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 289 since yesterday to 18,610 total.

The Wrap Up – April 30, 2020

COVID Contact Tracing Pilot Program

Governor Cuomo announced today that the State will work to expand its COVID Contact Tracing Pilot Program by teaming with the NYC Department of Health, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s company Vital Strategies, Johns Hopkins University, Resolve to Save Lives and the SUNY/CUNY system to help with tracing training, recruitment, guidance, and smart phone application development. This new system will hire an estimated 6,400 to 17,000 individuals to accomplish the goal of 30 contact tracers per 100,000 infected individuals. This program will also coordinate with the neighboring states of Connecticut and New Jersey as they too look to increase their tracing abilities.

Disinfecting the MTA

Governor Cuomo also announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Essential Connector Plan to upgrade their cleaning and disinfecting plan to cover the entire system, every evening. Beginning on May 6 from 1:00AM to 5:00AM the entire system will shut down to allow for the new plan to be put into action. During these periods of down time, the MTA will provide transportation options such as additional buses, for-hire-vehicles and “dollar-vans” to allow essential works and others get to their desired destinations. Further, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro North lines will be able to continue their current normal operational during the scheduled cleanings. This plan will be carried out by a combination of efforts of the MTA, the State and the NYPD.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

We continue to appear to be on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 306 since yesterday to 18,321 total.

The Wrap Up – April 29, 2020

Certain Counties to Resume Elective Surgeries

Today Governor Cuomo named the 35 counties in New York State that are currently eligible under the existing guidelines to resume elective outpatient treatments and surgeries. The full list is below:

AlleganyBroomeCattaraugus
ChautauquaChenangoDelaware
DutchessEssexFranklin
FultonGeneseeHerkimer
JeffersonLewisLivingston
MadisonMonroeNiagara
OneidaOnondagaOntario
OrleansOswegoPutnam
SaratogaSchoharieSchuyler
St. LawrenceSteubenSullivan
TompkinsUlsterWayne
WyomingYates 

Attractive Nuisance

The Governor today indicated that the upcoming New York State Fair and the Saratoga Race Track season may not happen this summer as they typically would. The Governor stated that the only way he could foresee them being able to operate would be with a complete state wide level of re-opening that would also need to be coordinated with both Connecticut and New Jersey. The Governor specifically cited whether it would even be possible to hold either of these events safely while still being able to observe current safe social distancing protocol.

New York City MTA Cleaning

The MTA today has been directed to present a plan by tomorrow identifying how every subway and train car as well as all buses in the system be disinfected for the morning commute every day.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

As the trackable numbers and the infection rate continue to decline or it appears that we are firmly on the fare side of the plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 330 since yesterday to 17,968 total.

The Wrap Up – April 28, 2020

Reopening New York State

Governor Cuomo reiterated the factors that will guide New York State’s reopening, which will occur regionally and in phases:

  1. Follow CDC guidelines: there must be a 14-day decline in infection/hospitalization rates
  2. Industry Assessments
    1. Phase 1: Construction/Manufacturing – which projects can be accomplished safely?
    2. Phase 2: Identify additional businesses for reopening (prioritizing lower risk services) and prohibit regional “attractive nuisances” – any attractions or openings that could draw a large number of visitors from outside local areas (citing an example, the Governor stated he doubts that the New York State Fair held in late August in Syracuse will be able to operate this year)
  3. What business precautions will be in place, such as social distancing and health monitoring?
  4. In regards to the regional healthcare capacity, a region must have at least 30 percent of hospital beds available after elective surgeries resume while taking into account the upcoming flu season and PPE stockpile.
  5. What is the testing regimen? 
  6. What is the tracing regimen?
  7. What type of isolation facilities are available in the area to quarantine individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19?
  8. Regional coordination in four main categories:
    1. Schools
    2. Public transportation
    3. Testing availability
    4. Tracing capability
  9. Reimagine tele-medicine
  10. Reimagine tele-education
  11. Regional “control rooms” for information gathering and processing
  12. Protect and respect essential workers – provide workers adequate testing and protective equipment, and ensure cleaning/disinfecting of public spaces.

NY Forward Reopening Advisory Board

The Governor announced the formation of the NY Forward Reopening Advisory Board, comprised of 100 business, community and civic leaders who will help guide the State’s reopening efforts. The full list of the Board members can be found at the bottom of this email as well as at the following link.

Reopening of Schools

The Governor expects to make a decision on reopening schools in the State by the end of this week.

New York City

Mayor de Blasio officially announced a new grading policy for NYC public schools due to the coronavirus crisis.  Under the new policy, students in kindergarten through fifth grade will have two grading standards in which students will either receive “meets standards” or “needs improvement.”  Middle school kids in grades 6 through 8 will either receive “meets standards,” “needs improvement” or “course in progress,” which means the student needs more time to finish schoolwork. High school students will continue to receive letter grades but will not be issued failing grades. Rather, a “course in progress” for students who need more time over the summer to complete course requirements.  After final grades have been given out, students and families will have the option of converting any passing spring semester grades from a letter grade into a “pass.” “Pass” courses will not count towards a student’s grade point average.

COVID-19 Numbers                                                     

We continue to appear to be on the far side of the COVID-19 plateau. That said, the number of deaths in the State has increased by 335 since yesterday to 17,638 total.

MEMBERS OF NEW YORK FORWARD RE-OPENING ADVISORY BOARD

  • 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 – Chair of Board, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; SVP, NY Retail Market Executive, Investors Bank
  • 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 – CEO, Sunshine Sachs Consultants
  • 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

New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board

MEMBERS OF NEW YORK FORWARD RE-OPENING ADVISORY BOARD

  • 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 – Chair of Board, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; SVP, NY Retail Market Executive, Investors Bank
  • 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 – CEO, Sunshine Sachs Consultants
  • 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