Business Leaders, Lawmakers Beg Amazon to Come Back to NY

03 March, 2019, 10:27 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at an event held at Gerald Lynch Theater at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice

At the time Cuomo blasted Congress freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her peers for derailing the plans.

Now Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and a host of business, community and academic leaders from across the city are begging Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to reconsider the move.

The CEOs of Mastercard, Warby Parker and Morgan Stanley; officials at Columbia, NYU and City University of NY; presidents of 32BJ SEIU and 1199 SEIU unions and Queens Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn Representative Max Rose are among those who signed the letter.

In an open letter (pdf) published as a full-page ad in the Times on Friday, a coalition of Wall Street CEOs, more than 70 labor unions, and prominent New York Democrats including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will apologize to Amazon for being "rough and not very welcoming" and beg the online retail behemoth to "reconsider" its decision to cancel the second headquarters project.

Cuomo's appeals to Amazon have included a phone call with founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Times reported.

Amazon confirmed they would not build a headquarters in NY on Valentine's Day.

Mr. Cuomo said Thursday: 'I've had many conversations with Amazon. "They've said the treatment that Amazon received, and their decision that it wasn't worth it, was pretty shocking and caused other firms and entrepreneurs to question whether it was worth it to take on NY".

Gov. Cuomo blames a group of lawmakers for breaking up the deal and said, "The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage".

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"Opinions are strong in NY - sometimes strident", the letter noted. The presidents of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and state AFL-CIO, which were expecting thousands of construction jobs to come from the project, also signed, as did US Reps.

Amazon's abrupt decision to pull its HQ2 from New York City still has some people angry.

Cuomo said the letter is meant to let other companies to know that NY is "open for business".

How we got here: Last November, Amazon announced plans to build a 25,000-40,000-person office in Queens as one-half of its vaunted HQ2 sweepstakes.

It was a deal fiercely sought by Governor Andrew Cuomo and a host of other state and local politicians and business leaders, who used $3 billion in tax incentives to make the deal even sweeter.

'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'.

The people who thought Donald Trump's election would be a boon for business might want to think again.

The New York location had an estimated incremental tax revenue of generating more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. 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.



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