Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants Amazon to reconsider abandoning project

Governor Cuomo is 'STILL pleading with Jeff Bezos and Amazon to move to New York'

But Amazon faced vociferous opponents - including local groups, some unions and political activists animated by the surprise victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - from the moment it announced its plans for Queens in November.

Citing anonymous sources, the New York Times also reported that Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has also urged Jeff Bezos, the boss of Amazon, to try to change his mind.

A group of New York-based lawmakers, city officials and business owners published a full page open letter to Amazon in the New York Times Friday asking the tech giant to reverse their decision to abandon its plans to build a second headquarters in Long Island City. Amazon officials have 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.

Earlier Thursday, Cuomo told reporters that he'd reached out to Amazon after the company made a decision to kill the deal in the face of angry backlash from some local politicians and community leaders.

Robert Freeman, the executive director of the State Committee on Open Government, and an expert on the state's FOIL law, said that logs of telephone calls between Amazon and the Governor are a matter of public record.

A group of NY business, political and community leaders have asked Amazon to reconsider its decision to scrap plans for a new campus in the city.

Cuomo singled out fellow Democrats who control the state Senate for blame after Amazon pulled out of the deal February 14. Opinions are strong in New York-sometimesstrident. "We consider it part of the NY charm!" the letter reads.




Amazon has given no indications that it has been reconsidering its NY decision since its shock decision.

Kathryn Wylde, the president and CEO of the Partnership, told Gothamist that the effort to get Amazon to reconsider their decision reminded her of "the end of the '70s the early '80s, when everybody was moving out of the city and we lost half our Fortune 500 companies". "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.

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

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his efforts to get Amazon back on board with a NY headquarters have not worked - but he doesn't want the failed Amazon deal to drive other companies away.

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

NY attracts the best, most diverse talent from across the globe.

The head of the Partnership For New York City, the business group that organized the joint letter, said the letter also was meant to assure the technology industry as a whole that the city was eager to attract investment. We are a dynamic new center of the country's most inclusive tech economy.

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