Cuomo trying to lure jilted Bezos and Amazon HQ back to NYC

Cuomo trying to lure jilted Bezos and Amazon HQ back to NYC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is begging Jeff Bezos and Amazon to come to NY after the tech giant abandoned plans for a new headquarters in the city, according to reports.

Some House lawmakers, as well as the CEOs of companies including Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, signed on to the letter.

On Friday, the Partnership for New York City, a group of the city's largest private sector employers and business leaders, published an open letter to Amazon in the New York Times, lamenting how "rough and not very welcoming" the debate was around the Long Island City campus, and asking the company to reconsider. Amazon has not commented on the appeal.

New Yorkers do not want to give up on the 25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs, and $28 billion in new tax revenues that Amazon was prepared to bring to our state.

"I've had many conversations with Amazon", Cuomo said according to ABC "I hope that they reconsider".

One of the people familiar with Cuomo's communications with Amazon executives said that he reiterated this argument.

"The State Senate made a bad blunder-everyone, including their members, knows it-and 70% of New Yorkers affirmed it", Lever said in a statement. The post cited the opposition of state and local politicians, despite opinion polls showing 70% of New Yorkers support the project. "We consider it part of the NY charm!" the letter reads. These are issues that other cities which house giant tech companies - like Seattle and San Francisco - are still fighting, but critics say that NY didn't do enough to ensure that the city wouldn't face the same problems when HQ2 moved into Long Island City.

New York's bid, led by Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, won the competition among 200 bidding cities to attract the company to the Long Island City site, across the East River from Manhattan. "We are $4 billion less than we usually get and yet we are kicking out a company that was projecting over 10 years roughly $27 billion in taxes", Maloney said.

In addition to cancelling the plans for a NY campus, reportedly, Amazon has also scaled back its expansion plans in its hometown of Seattle.

'Governor Cuomo will take personal responsibility for the project's state approval and Mayor de Blasio will work together with the governor to manage the community development process'. "They just said, 'We don't want it, ' and they are demonstrating against it and it's jobs".

Cuomo is still pulling for the deal, despite admitting himself that Amazon is unlikely to come back to NY, but Democratic political consultant Bruce Gyory said that is a smart strategy for Cuomo. The company has said it's not planning to look for a substitute for NY to build its HQ2 any time soon. Those concerns didn't stop more than 200 cities across the country from competing to lure the tech giant when it embarked on a yearlong search for a so-called HQ2 that would bring 50,000 or more high-paying jobs.

Amazon may have left New York's governor high and dry weeks ago, but Andrew "Amazon" Cuomo appears no closer to letting it go.

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