Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants Amazon to reconsider abandoning project

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

Open letter from New York leaders asks Amazon to reconsider HQ2

Top business leaders, lawmakers and others are urging Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos to reconsider his decision not to move forward with plans for a new headquarters in NY, to build an "exciting future" for the city.

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

Those familiar with the company's thinking have insisted that the decision to abandon the New York City plan had been based on a confluence of factors, including the loud opposition and the lack of any sign it would abate. Opinions are strong in NY - sometimes strident.

Axt and Jonathan Westin, Director of New York Communities for Change, recently published a joint op-ed on Medium detailing why they oppose Amazon HQ2 in Queens, citing the company's reported relationship with ICE among other reasons. "But when we commit to a project as important as this, we figure out how to get it done in a way that works for everyone", it continued. In those calls, Cuomo said he would navigate the company through the byzantine governmental process. Amazon executives gave no sense that it would reconsider.

The letter will appear in The Times Friday and is being paid for the pro-business Partnership for New York City. "That was petty politics that governed the day", he said of the deal's collapse. "But I think sending the message to other business, please don't be confused, we're open for business".

"We want all businesses nationwide to know that this was an oddity", he said.

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

"This isn't just about Amazon", said Kathryn Wylde, the partnership's president and CEO. "We're the commerce capital of the country". We've gotten feedback from firms that have a presence on the West Coast.

"It would be helpful if the state Senate said that they would approve it".

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A new report says Gov. Cuomo has been "furiously" talking behind-the-scenes with Amazon officials, including CEO Jeff Bezos, about rekindling a deal. Amazon is investing approximately $2.5 billion in the Northern Virginia office, which will be housed in a 4 million-sq. -ft. energy-efficient space, with the opportunity to expand to 8 million-sq. -ft.

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

Besides dozens of tech, banking and real estate executives, elected officials including Reps. Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn, a top Democrat, and Carolyn Maloney, whose district encompasses the Amazon site, and former Mayor David Dinkins.

Amazon hasn't responded to the request in Friday's open letter.

Some powerful New Yorkers are trying to get Amazon to bring back HQ2.

Like other big-city tech hubs, housing costs in NY have risen dramatically in recent years as Apple, Google and other internet giants have expanded. "We're not dumb. Economic development by corporations doesn't work, all it does is displace us".

New York's Amazon dreams aren't dead yet, at least not in the minds of some of its leading executives and politicians.

Among those leading the charge against the mammoth internet giant was freshman Congresswoman (NY-D) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known to the media as AOC. "Don't think that if you come to NY, the same thing is going to happen that happened to Amazon". Michael N. Gianaris (D-Queens).

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