Governor Cuomo’s reopening advisory board includes WNY leadership

NEW YORK — New York State is seeing new COVID-19 daily hospitalizations below 1,000 for the first time since March.

As the numbers continue to drop, the state is beginning to move forward to reopen the economy beginning May 15th.

Tuesday while speaking in Syracuse, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board

“Today we are announcing an advisory board of statewide business leaders, academic leaders, civic leaders who are advising us on just this and they have been for weeks and I want to thank them very much” said Cuomo.

The list includes more than 100 business, community and civic leaders from industries across the state.

On that list are eight representatives from Western New York. They include officials from:

  • Service Employees International Union
  • Buffalo State College
  • Delaware North
  • M&T Bank
  • Pegula Sports and Entertainment
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Wegmans
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Community Foundation

“I am honored to be able to serve as one of the representatives from this area” said Buffalo Urban League President Brenda McDuffie. “Because I am also serving on the county task force that is doing very similar type work.”

McDuffie said the board meets through video conferencing trying to answer some of the tough questions about the states economic recovery.

“We are looking at again, how do we protect the state, the people of New York State” said McDuffie.”How do we stop the spread of this devastating virus? And how do we begin to reopen and have economic recovery?”

M&T Bank Chair and CEO Rene Jones is also on the board.

“As a community-focused financial institution — the largest in Upstate New York — we have unique insights about how the pandemic is affecting local families, nonprofits and businesses, including their employees and customers,” Jones said. “I’ll be bringing those diverse insights and perspectives, from both inside and outside the bank, on the best ways to return to a new normal.”

You can view the full list of members on the reopening advisory board in the document below:

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
 Quenia Abreu – President New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce
 Elizabeth Alexander – President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
 Vincent Alvare: 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-
 – 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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