Cuomo meets with heads of Goldman, Morgan Stanley

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Andrew Cuomo. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo is utilizing John Mack, a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley who the governor recently brought on to be an adviser on global trade, to help him navigate the titans of Wall Street, according to schedule documents released by Cuomo's office.

Cuomo began regular meetings with Mack, a former C.E.O. of the investment bank, in the fall of last year.

The schedules show Mack accompanied Cuomo to a meeting with current Morgan Stanley C.E.O. James Gorman on December 12, and to a meeting with Goldman Sachs C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein on the following day.

Mack also attended an afternoon meeting on Veteran's Day that included senior officials from Empire State Development as well as Leslie Whatley, the director of the governor's new program to create tax-free zones rooted at public university systems. She was formerly the global head of corporate real estate at both Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan.

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Cuomo administration spokespeople did not immediately say what the governor discussed with Gorman and Blankfein.

The schedules for November and December were posted as semi-regular updates to a transparency site maintained by the administration. Other highlights from those months include:

-- Cuomo called Kathleen Sibelius, the federal secretary of Health and Human Services, on November 20. The governor was lobbying for a Medicaid waiver that would afford New York billions to reinvest in its healthcare infrastructure, and reportedly suggested to Sibelius that non-approval would jeopardize New York's health exchange. An $8 billion waiver was approved earlier this month.

-- The governor met with top Catholic leaders in the state, including Achbishop Timothy Dolan as well as bishops representing Brooklyn and Long Island, at Dolan's residence on December 2.

-- On December 5, Cuomo attended a luncheon of HELP USA, a housing promotion group that he founded over 20 years ago.

-- On the afternoon of December 13, after his meeting with Blankfein, Cuomo and several aides met with top legislators of color.

-- Several cabinet secretaries and other staff worked on New Year's Eve on Cuomo's State of the State presentation.

CORRECTION: This article initially stated that Mack and Gorman were executives at JPMorgan. They are the current and former C.E.O.s of Morgan Stanley.