Cuomo, along with many other state governors, shut all non-essential businesses to limit the spread of the sometimes deadly Covid-19 virus, and has warned that he is prepared to keep non-essential businesses shut ‘perhaps for several months more’ unless he can assure public safety in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of Cuomo’s effort, McKinsey & Co is producing models on coronavirus testing, infections and other key data points that along with other research and expert opinions will help underpin decisions on how and when to reopen the region’s economy.
Dani Lever, communications director for Cuomo, said McKinsey has been primarily helping New York analyze the Covid-19 surge, such as hospital capacity and infection rates.
Cuomo has also recalled three former top aides: Bill Mulrow, a senior adviser director at Blackstone Group; Steven Cohen, an executive vice president of MacAndrews & Forbes Inc; and Larry Schwartz, who, like the others, previously served as secretary to the governor.
Deloitte is also involved in developing the regional plan, a source told Reuters on Wednesday.
The goal is to “Trump-proof” the plan, said an adviser to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who has been coordinating with New York in recent days, along with some other north-east states.
“We think Trump ultimately will blink on this, but if not, we need to push back, and we are reaching out to top experts and other professionals to come up with a bullet-proof plan,” to open on the state’s terms, said a Cuomo adviser.