TRD New York /April 28, 2020 By Georgia Kromrei

Some familiar names from the real estate industry are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newest panel to help reopen New York’s economy.

The advisory board announced Tuesday will be headed up by two former top aides to Cuomo: Steve Cohen, general counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes, a private equity firm run by Ronald Perelman; and Bill Mulrow, who was hired as a senior managing director at Blackstone Group in 2017.

Blackstone, the world’s largest commercial landlord, will have a hand in shaping the nation’s economic recovery as well. Cuomo also tapped Jonathan Gray, the firm’s president and COO, as did President Donald Trump when he formed his own reopening board last week.

Cuomo’s board includes other top real estate executives who have been his close allies, as well as banks and financial institutions active in commercial real estate lending and investing.

The “New York Forward Re-opening Advisory Board” includes Rob Speyer, CEO of Tishman Speyer; James Whelan, president of the Real Estate Board of New York; Jeffrey Wilpon, senior vice president at Sterling Equities; Bill Rudin, CEO of Rudin Management and chairman of REBNY; Scott Rechler, CEO of major New York developer and landlord RXR Realty; Kewsong Lee, co-CEO of private equity firm the Carlyle Group; Jane Fraser, president of commercial lender Citigroup; René Jones, CEO of M&T Bank; and John Waldron, president of investment bank Goldman Sachs.

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