Open letter in the NYT asks Bezos to reconsider scrapping Queens HQ2

Open letter in the NYT asks Bezos to reconsider scrapping Queens HQ2

Cuomo blamed a "small group" of politicians who "put their own narrow political interests above their community", referencing freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), who was vocal about her opposition and celebrated after the cancelation.

Separately, the Times reported that Cuomo was working behind the scenes to lure Amazon back and had spoken with CEO Jeff Bezos, who played no public role in the announcement of a NY headquarters.

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

The letter says that New Yorkers don't want to give up on the jobs and new tax revenue that Amazon would bring to the state, and apologizes for the public debate which followed the announcement.

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

Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City.

The $3 billion deal to attract Amazon was kept private between the city, state and Amazon - angering local lawmakers who were cut out of the process - but Afridi said that it's the community members who need to be brought into the fold, too."Without a public process, we can't really speak to what folks would need in their communities, because there's no capacity for them to speak on it".

"Opinions are strong in NY - sometimes strident", the letter noted.

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It added: "We all hope you will reconsider".

An an anti-Amazon HQ2 rally outside New York City Hall.

Although Amazon is not building the new headquarters in NY, the company said it will continue adding to its base of more than 5,000 employees in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island.

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. "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. We don't want anyone to think that NY doesn't understand that we are the home of entrepreneurial business, and we want young people coming here and new talent.

The New York plan had been endorsed by Mayor Bill De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The New York Times reports Cuomo didn't offer a new location for the headquarters but is telling Amazon officials the project will have "guarantees of support". "We want business, we're open for business".

They still wanted to see economic growth in NY, the advocates argued, but not without first considering the effect on housing prices and racial and economic equality.

Amazon also said it will continue with a planned new "Center of Excellence" in Nashville, and continue to hire and grow across its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the USA and Canada.

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