Gov. Cuomo appoints former Google CEO to commission that will re-imagine how NY operates

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been brought in to head a 15-member commission to look at reforms in the wake of the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2020, 3:11 PM

Updated 1,439 days ago

Share:

Gov. Cuomo says an alarming number of New Yorkers are still getting COVID-19 – 18% of which are from Long Island, where the governor was Wednesday for his daily briefing.
"With everything we've done – closed schools, closed businesses, everybody shelter at home, the precautions about wearing a mask, wear gloves…You still have 600 new cases that walked through the door yesterday," said Gov. Cuomo.
The governor said 66% of those new patients were not essential workers. According to new data from hospitals, most patients are over 51 years old and were at home when they contracted the virus. The governor said that data will help when it comes to reopen New York state.
undefined
"Our position in New York is the answer to the question is how do we reopen is to follow facts and data as opposed to emotion and politics," said Gov. Cuomo.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been brought in to head a 15-member commission to look at reforms in the wake of the pandemic.
New York's pause order ends on May 15. However, Long Island is not one of the regions that has hit the necessary metrics to reopen.
Briefing Notes:
  • Gov. Cuomo: "A painfully slow decline." Total hospitalization rate and the number of new cases are down again.
  • Gov. Cuomo: 232 New Yorkers died on Tuesday due to COVID-19.
  • Gov. Cuomo on reopening NY: Facts and data vs. emotion and politics.
  • Gov. Cuomo says the state is asking hospitals to provide information about new cases of COVID-19 over three days. Where are they coming from? How can the data help target the problem?
  • Most of those new cases are coming from downstate and disproportionately minorities.
  • Initial findings show that the majority of new cases of COVID-19 were from people who were not working, not traveling, predominately downstate, predominantly minority, predominantly older, predominantly nonessential employees and predominately at home. "It comes down to protecting yourself."
  • Gov. Cuomo welcomes Eric Schmidt, a former CEO and Executive Chairman of Google, to his briefing. Schmidt agrees to chair 15-member blue-ribbon commission on reopening the state.
  • Schmidt stresses using technology "to make things better" and make sure NY emerges stronger from COVID-19 pandemic.  
  •  Gov. Cuomo says using absentee ballots are "the best way" to vote in the June 23 primary in New York.
  • Gov. Cuomo says JetBlue is donating a pair of round-trip flights to 100,000 medical workers in the nation, starting with 10,000 in New York. 
PHOTOS: Coronavirus heroes
undefined
PHOTOS: Countries around the world cope with COVID-19
undefined


More from News 12
0:19
Police: 3 injured in Paterson shooting

Police: 3 injured in Paterson shooting

2:10
STORM WATCH: Isolated storms possible in New Jersey

STORM WATCH: Isolated storms possible in New Jersey

0:21
Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man in Trenton

Police: Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man in Trenton

0:28
Israel hails success in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. G7 democracies condemn attack

Israel hails success in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. G7 democracies condemn attack

0:25
Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

Police: Man who punched 9-year-old girl at Grand Central Terminal arrested

0:44
NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

NJ Attorney General announces heightened safety measures amid tensions in Middle East

2:36
'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

'She was the glue.' Loved ones call for justice for Passaic woman killed in hit-and-run

0:32
Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

Prosecutors: Howell woman indicted in Monmouth County crash that killed 3-year-old

2:04
CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

CDC: Most women do not get a mammogram because of financial difficulties

0:54
Clean Ocean Action hosts 39th Spring Beach Sweep in Sandy Hook

Clean Ocean Action hosts 39th Spring Beach Sweep in Sandy Hook

0:30
Out in the street: Bruce Springsteen makes it to Mohegan Sun show after flat tire in Jersey

Out in the street: Bruce Springsteen makes it to Mohegan Sun show after flat tire in Jersey

0:16
Police: Elizabeth man charged with sexually assaulting 2 children

Police: Elizabeth man charged with sexually assaulting 2 children

2:39
Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: 3 people in van on way to adult day care center killed in crash in South Brunswick

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

Police: Truck driver, toll booth attendant seriously injured in crash at Barnegat Toll Plaza

1:35
CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

0:51
IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

IRS warns public about potential tax scams as Tax Day deadline approaches

2:27
Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

Congress investigates rise in antisemitism at Rutgers, including incident involving student 2 weeks ago

0:22
Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

Elizabeth man sentenced to 25 years in prison for road rage rampage

0:56
Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

Jersey Proud: Miracle League of Mercer County to hold first game of season

0:18
Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students

Prosecutor: 4th person charged in New Brunswick shooting that injured 2 Rutgers students