New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo is aggressively working to bring Amazon back to New York after democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) played a role in derailing Amazon's plan to bring tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity to New York City. Amazon also said it will not reopen the search for its second headquarters, which have come to be known as "HQ2", at this time.
Mr. Cuomo said Thursday: 'I've had many conversations with Amazon.
In addition, top business leaders wrote an open letter to Amazon execs.
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. Signatories include the CEOs from JetBlue, Hearst, MasterCard and Deloitte.
Cuomo did not offer a new location but rather guarantees of support for the project, one person said. "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.
Despite widespread grassroots opposition to the deal, Cuomo plans to "take over the process and can comfortably assure Amazon the approval will get done", Dani Lever, the governor's communications director, told the Times.
The letter promises that Governor Andrew Cuomo "will take personal responsibility for the project's state approval".
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.
"Yes, it's directed to Amazon in hopes they will reconsider".
Cuomo himself didn't sign the letter, but the New York Times reported that he had made a personal pitch to Bezos in an effort to revive the deal.
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Gianaris, who represents the district where Amazon was to have built its new headquarters, said he does not regret his opposition to the deal, citing issues such as rising housing prices that could have forced existing residents out.
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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.
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. Aside from the almost $3 billion in tax breaks and subsidies that angered many progressives, a new tech headquarters also promised to introduce added strains on New York's already-crumbling subway system and the influx of new high-paying jobs would force some current Queens residents out of their homes due to the rising cost of rent.
Gov. Cuomo blames a group of lawmakers for breaking up the deal and said, "The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage".