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24 May 2020 03:48PM

Announces Members of Blue-Ribbon Commission Focused on Improving Telehealth and Broadband Access Using New, Innovative Technologies

Mid-Hudson Region Still on Track to Enter Phase One of Reopening on Tuesday, May 26th; Long Island Still on Track to Reopen Wednesday, May 27th

More Than 10,000 Households on Long Island Have Received Nourish NY Products

Campgrounds and RV Parks Will Be Allowed to Open Statewide Tomorrow

Veterinarian Practices Will Be Allowed to Open in All Regions Beginning Tuesday, May 26th

Confirms 1,589 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 361,515; New Cases in 44 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in state while following appropriate health protocols.

Governor Cuomo also announced the members of the state’s Blue-Ribbon Commission focused on improving telehealth and broadband access using new, innovative technologies. The Blue-Ribbon Commission is being chaired by former CEO and Executive Chairman of Google and founder of Schmidt Futures, Eric Schmidt. Members of the Commission include:

· Richard Parsons – Chair, Rockefeller Foundation

· Darren Walker – President, Ford Foundation

· Dennis Rivera – Former Chair, SEIU healthcare

· Plinio Ayala – President/CEO, Per Scholas

· Charles Phillips – Chair/Former CEO, Infor

· Sid Mukherjee – Physician/Author, Assistant Professor at Columbia

· Jane Rosenthal – Co-founder/CEO/Executive Chair, Tribeca Film Festival

· Dr. Toyin Ajayi – Chief Health Officer & Co-founder, Cityblock Health

· Elizabeth Alexander – President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

· Martha Pollack – President, Cornell University

· Steven Koonin – Director, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

· Satish K. Tripathi – President, SUNY Buffalo

· Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder/Chairman/CEO, Chobani

· Maurie McInnis – Incoming President, SUNY Stony Brook

· Ginni Rometty – Executive Chair, IBM

The Governor also announced the Mid-Hudson Region is still on track to enter phase one of reopening on Tuesday, May 26th, and Long Island is still on track to reopen on Wednesday May 27th if deaths continue to decline. Both regions’ contact tracing operations are expected to be online by those dates.

First announced by the Governor on April 27th, the Nourish New York Initiative provides relief by purchasing food and products from Upstate farms and directs them to the populations who need them most through New York’s network of food banks. The state is also asking any philanthropies or foundations that would like to help the state’s food banks to contact COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.

The Governor also announced that campgrounds and RV Parks will be allowed to open statewide tomorrow, May 25th. Veterinarian practices will also be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.

“As we move forward with reopening, we have to keep one eye on the future and start talking about building back better, not just building to what we had before,” Governor Cuomo said. “There are new rules now, and we must learn from what we’ve been through so that we can be prepared when another inevitable public health emergency happens. New York State has led the way in so many difficult times in history – people look to New York for guidance and example and now we are writing history for a whole modern day governmental and societal response.”

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