New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hired high-powered experts to develop a science-based plan for the safe economic reopening of the region that may thwart anticipated pressure from President Trump to maneuver more rapidly.
Cuomo, along with many different U.S. governors, shut his state economy to limit the spread of the lethal COVID-19 virus and has warned that he is ready to keep businesses shut – perhaps for a number of months extra – unless he can guarantee public safety.
Governors from seven East Coast states formed an alliance Monday, headed by New York, to develop a joint reopening plan. Three governors from the West Coast formed the same plan. The ten states, mostly led by Democrats, together 38% of the U.S. economy.
As part of Cuomo’s effort, McKinsey & Firm is producing models on testing, infections, and other key knowledge points that can underpin decisions on how and when to reopen the area’s economy, the sources stated.
Cuomo has recalled three former top aides: Bill Mulrow, a senior adviser at Blackstone Group; Steven Cohen, an executive VP and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Inc; and Larry Schwartz, a deputy Westchester County executive.
Trump, whose reelection campaign was built on a strong financial system before it was derailed by the epidemic, is dropping patience with the economic blackout and has challenged governors who’re preaching caution, setting the stage for bigger clashes over the pace of the reopening.