New York governor, business leaders plead with Amazon to reconsider

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

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't the darling of all Democrats in NY.

A full-page open letter appeared in Friday's New York Times to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, following the recent news from mid-February that the tech giant would not move forward with its planned Long Island City HQ2.

Tom Wright, who signed the open letter to Bezos this week and is the president and chief executive of the Regional Plan Association, pointed to the other half of HQ2 in Crystal City, Virginia, as a model for how NY could strike deal that would both appease critics and attract tech companies in the future.

Amazon representatives declined to comment.

In November, Amazon announced plans to build a $3 billion second corporate campus in New York City.

Cuomo admitted he's talked with Amazon (AMZN) to reconsider its decision, but hasn't heard of "any changes" about the company's decision, according to his office.

Still, many have said it's too late for Amazon to reconsider, but Crain's Greg David suggests otherwise.

In mid-February, Amazon abandoned its plans for a new headquarters in NY, to be located in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, blaming opposition from community leaders angry at the huge subsidies in the offer.

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They said the online retail giant's proposed NY campus would be a "tremendous benefit to residents and small businesses in the surrounding communities". Opinions are strong in NY - sometimes strident.

"I have always been clear that I support job creation and was disappointed with Amazon's decision and hoped they would reconsider", Stewart-Cousins said in a statement.

Dubbed Amazon HQ2-Apalooza by host Bisnow Media, Thursday's event gave the northern Virginia business community a chance to discuss new opportunities to profit from Amazon's arrival, while the demonstrators complained that the general public had been excluded from the negotiations and decision-making.

While a source said that Cuomo did not specify a new location for Amazon, he did guarantee support for the project, which he later alluded to in an interview on Friday, saying there were "other ways that the state can get it done".

"We know that the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was rough and not very welcoming", they wrote. "And New York is open for business".

In addition to abandoning the plans for a NY campus, Amazon has also reportedly scaled back 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.

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[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. Those concerns didn't stop more than 200 cities across the country from competing to lure the tech giant when it embarked on a yearlong search for a so-called HQ2 that would bring 50,000 or more high-paying jobs.

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