Gov. Cuomo Begs Amazon to Reconsider NY Deal after Ocasio-Cortez 'Sabotage'
The Democrat is said to have been desperately speaking to Bezo's
Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging Jeff Bezos and Amazon to reconsider coming to New York after the tech giant abandoned plans for its new headquarters in the city after Democrat Alexandria Ocasio Cortez blew the deal.
The Democrat gov is said to have been desperately speaking to Bezo's on the phone asking them to come back.
Cuomo has reportedly spoken to various other executives and offered guarantees for the project.
Support from a more than 70 business, elected officials and community group owners were also pledged in an open letter.
The Times will publish the letter Friday and is being financed for the pro-business Partnership for New York City.
'A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and were disappointed by your decision not to proceed.
'Governor Cuomo will take personal responsibility for the project’s state approval, and Mayor de Blasio will work together with the governor to manage the community development process.'
On Thursday, Cuomo said: 'I’ve had many conversations with Amazon. I hope that they reconsider. It would be helpful if the State Senate said that they would approve it; that would be helpful. But in the meantime, I haven’t heard any changes.'
Amazon announced it was pulling out of the New York building plans, citing lack of collaboration between local politicians.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was widely blamed for sabotaging the plans.
Cuomo said that 'a small group of politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state’s economic future and the best interests of the people of this state,'
As part of the deal, New York had offered tax incentives to Amazon to build the “HQ2” in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough.
Amazon said it would create between 25,000 and 40,000 high-paying jobs while the area would receive a $2.5 billion investment and benefit from estimated incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion.
Celebrating the news that the deal has now fallen through, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that $3 billion in tax incentives offered to Amazon could now, somehow, be spent on other things.
A giant billboard was put up in Times Square, NYC, blaming Ocasio-Cortez the for costing the city over 25,000 jobs.
The billboard was erected in Ocasio-Cortez's home city of New York after she was widely criticized for her anti-Amazon rhetoric that likely played a role in the retail giant withdrawing plans to build a new headquarters in the city.