New Yorkers Try To Convince Bezos To Bring Amazon To LIC

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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.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also had several conversations with Amazon, including CEO Jeff Bezos, about bringing back the project, the Times said.

Signatories to the letter included the heads of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Mastercard and JetBlue Airways, as well as local leaders, including the heads of tenant associations and the president of the NAACP New York State Conference.

Amazon has said it's ending plans for a New York City headquarters, but a group of state officials, businesspeople, and union leaders are asking the company to stay.

That offer of support was further bolstered by an open letter signed by more than 70 business owners, elected officials and community groups.

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Amazon declined to comment for this story, but the Times said Thursday that "Amazon executives gave no sense that it would reconsider".

"We think we could have gotten NY done, but you have to say, 'At what cost?'" said Holly Sullivan, Amazon's director of global economic development.

Cuomo singled out fellow Democrats who control the state Senate for blame after Amazon pulled out of the deal February 14. 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 think we could have gotten NY done, but you have to say, 'At what cost?,'" Sullivan said at the event, referring to local opposition.

The Partnership for New York City on Friday launched a petition to bring Amazon HQ2 back to Queens.

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The award helped to provoke vocal opposition to the said project, even though it was supported by the governor and mayor of NY. "Certainly", he added - but that he wants the New York Times ad to be a message to other companies.

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.

In addition to cancelling the plans for a NY campus, reportedly, Amazon has also scaled back its expansion plans in its hometown of Seattle. "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. 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.

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.

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