Cuomo: No reason to think Amazon might reconsider plan

Cuomo trying to lure jilted Bezos and Amazon HQ back to NYC

Unlike Jeffries and Maloney, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke against the HQ2 plan.

More than 70 area leaders, led by the chief executives of Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, JetBlue and Mastercard, urged the online retailer to reconsider its decision in a letter published Friday in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times.

Amazon did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the letter.

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

"The governor has had multiple phone conversations with Amazon executives, including Mr. Bezos, over the past two weeks", the New York Times reported, citing two people with knowledge of the discussions.

"The State Senate made a awful blunder-everyone, including their members, knows it-and 75 percent of New Yorkers affirmed it; the governor will take over the process and can comfortably assure Amazon the approval will get done", a spokesperson for Cuomo told CNBC on Friday. If that's the case, why send a letter without answering those criticisms, or even producing a plan to make HQ2, or attracting other big new corporate campuses, beneficial to New Yorkers who wouldn't personally work there? "We all hope you reconsider and join us in building the exciting future of NY", it concludes.

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The letter, which was written by the nonprofit organization Partnership for New York City, said Cuomo will take "personal responsibility for the project's state approval".

[UPDATE 11:18 a.m.] Speaking to WNYC's Brian Lehrer this morning, Governor Cuomo refused to confirm or deny that he had spoken directly to Jeff Bezos.

The letter promises that Gov. Cuomo will take personal responsibility for the project's state approval, with Mayor de Blasio managing the community development aspect. 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.

In addition to abandoning the plans for a NY campus, Amazon has also reportedly scaled back expansion plans in its hometown of Seattle. "We want all businesses nationwide to know, that this was an oddity".

The New York location had an estimated incremental tax revenue of generating more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. However, it promises that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio will work together to ensure that Amazon gets the "workforce development, public education and infrastructure investments" necessary for the project.

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 US and Canada.

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.

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