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NYC’s Amazon Saga Continues; Efforts Underway to Win Back Company to LIC

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The Amazon saga could be continuing as last-ditch efforts start in order to try winning back the company to Long Island City. Some of the state’s top politicians want Amazon to build its HQ2 in New York. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The Amazon saga could be continuing as last-ditch efforts start in order to try winning back the company to Long Island City. Some of the state’s top politicians want Amazon to build its HQ2 in New York.

Crain’s reports that “James Gorman, the chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley, Mastercard Inc. CEO Ajay Banga and former Mayor David Dinkins” top the list of notable people who want Jeff Bezos to reconsider his decision to withdraw from wanting to put an HQ2 in Queens. In the letter, a promise states that the governor “will take personal responsibility for the project’s state approval.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been making his own personal attempts to contact and persuade Bezos to stay, according to the New York Times. Cuomo’s name does not appear on the letter written by top officials and figures.

Cuomo did make it known that he wanted to keep doing anything and everything he could to make Amazon reconsider coming back for business and bringing thousands of estimated jobs.

“I’ve had many conversations with Amazon,” Cuomo said. “I hope that they reconsider,” he added.

The governor talked about the current situation and what could be done to help. “Up until now, we haven’t seen any change in their position. 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,” Cuomo said.

Amazon had been looking to build a new headquarters, which prompted a couple hundred cities to do everything they could to try and get Amazon to come. When the surprise announcement came a few months ago that part of the HQ2 would be in Long Island City, the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio took a victory lap and couldn’t say enough nice things about Amazon and the opportunity.

In an ad meant to try and help get back Amazon, it says “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, including the workforce development and infrastructure investments that are necessary to ensure that the Amazon campus will be a tremendous benefit to residents and small businesses in the surrounding communities.”

The Jewish Voice reported about the governor recently called Amazon’s decision the “greatest tragedy” that he witnessed in all of his time during government. Cuomo entered government in the early 1990s, and his dad, Mario Cuomo, was a former New York governor. The current Gov. Cuomo seemed to forget about events like multiple overseas conflicts, the Oklahoma City bombing, countless mass shootings, the 1994 bombing of the World Trade Center, and of course the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The governor said in a radio interview on WAMC that he felt sick over the lost opportunity with Amazon. He had no problem keeping his aim on fellow Democrats, regardless of the infighting it would cause.

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