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Who’s Helping New York Reopen?

Who’s Helping New York Reopen?

The Mayor and Governor are announcing many advisory boards of stakeholders and experts working to determine best practices as we adapt to a “new normal.” Here are the boards that I know of…

Blue-Ribbon Commission

Appointed by Governor Cuomo on May 25, the Blue-Ribbon Commission will advise on improving telehealth and broadband access using new, innovative technologies.

Source: governor.ny.gov [1].

Interfaith Advisory Council

Appointed by Governor Cuomo on May 20, the Interfaith Advisory Council will help define strategies for bringing back religious services as the state begins to reopen.

Source: forward.ny.gov [2].


New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board

Appointed by Governor Cuomo on May 11, the New York Forward Reopening Advisory Board [3] will help guide reopening strategy. Chaired by former Secretaries to the Governor (the highest ranking unelected role in state government) Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow, the Board includes over 100 business, community and civic leaders from industries across the state… 

Source: forward.ny.gov [3].


Reimagine Education Advisory Council

The Reimagine Education Advisory Council [4], appointed by Gov. Cuomo on May 8, will be chaired by SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and made up of education leaders from across the state:

Source: forward.ny.gov [4].


Regional Control Rooms

On May 11, Gov. Cuomo also appointed 10 regional Control Rooms to monitor each region’s seven key metrics that he will use to guide reopening strategy in each region– infection rates, hospital infrastructure, etc– and help dial back reopening if those metrics get worse rather than better.

Source: forward.ny.gov [5].


New York City

Capital Region

Central New York

Finger Lakes

Hudson Valley

Long Island

Mohawk Valley

North Country

Southern Tier

Western New York


Mayor de Blasio’s advisory bodies

Members of the City’s Charter Revision Commission and Administration Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity have yet to be announced, though it has been confirmed that First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor J. Philip Thompson will be leading the latter.


Fair Recovery Task Force

Per Mayor De Blasio: “Civic leaders from diverse backgrounds that will help the City formulate a broader post-crisis recovery effort that builds a stronger, safer, and fairer economy and society. In the beginning of June, the task force will put forward a recovery road map that will inform the City’s recovery efforts. They will continue to support the City over the course of the recovery and adjust the roadmap to meet new challenges.” The task force membership was announced on April 26.

Source: Mayor’s Press Office [6].

Sector Advisory Councils

Per Mayor De Blasio: “These councils will provide real world guidance to ensure our plans to reopen the city make sense and keep people safe. We are facing an unprecedented crisis, but by working together, we will come out stronger than before.”

Source: Mayor’s Press Office (releases from May 6 [7] and May 8 [8]).

Non-Profit & Social Services Sector


Public Health & Healthcare Sector


Faith-Based Sector Advisory Council


Education Sector 


Construction and Real Estate Sector


Surface Transportation Sector


Labor and Workforce Sector


Large Business Sector


Small Business Sector


Arts, Culture and Tourism Sector


Health + Hospitals Contact Tracing Leadership Team

Coalition for NYC Hospitality & Tourism

NYC & Co., the city’s official tourism body, has named the following people and organizations to help inform their efforts to bring our city’s essential tourism sector back to life. Members were named on May 13.

Source: NYC & Company Global Communications Staff [9] 


Steering Committee

Member Organizations: