NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- More than 170 business executives sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday asking the two to assemble a task force that will “develop a strategic plan for New York’s economic recovery from COVID-19.”
The letter, signed by actress and SJP Collection owner Sarah Jessica Parker, Macy’s CEO and chairman Jeff Gennette, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Etsy CEO Joshua Silverman and 173 other business leaders, urged de Blasio and Cuomo to “convene a multi-sector leadership initiative” focused on the five boroughs.
That initiative will “call upon the broadest possible range of resources and expertise to develop plans, policies and implementation strategies for how cities will overcome the challenges created by the pandemic and re-emerge stronger, fairer and more resilient than ever,” the letter said.
“We write to thank you for your leadership in managing New York’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis and to offer our assistance as the state and city begin to deal with the economic consequences of the pandemic,” it said. “The losses attributable to the COVID-19 are still being incurred, but it is important to act now to develop a plan for recovery and resilience.”
The same group of business executives sent a letter to de Blasio on Sept. 10, calling on him to address “public safety and other quality of life issues that jeopardize economic recovery” in New York City.
Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization focused on the city’s economy, spearheaded the letter-writing campaign.
1010 WINS has reached out to de Blasio and Cuomo’s offices for comment on the letter.