Cuomo is hardly alone in his attempt to bring Amazon back to NY over the protests of state politicians, members of Congress like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and progressive advocacy groups.
The advertisement, an open letter to Bezos that was set to appear on a full page in Friday's newspaper, is aimed at combating the notion that the opposition to Amazon was widespread, arguing that a "clear majority" of New Yorkers support the company.
The letter rehashes past events, reiterates the boon Amazon was projected to offer the city and state, and offers reassurances that the project will move forward if Amazon gives the go ahead.
Earlier Thursday, Cuomo told reporters that he'd reached out to Amazon after the company made a decision to kill the deal in the face of angry backlash from some local politicians and community leaders.
As reporters Kathryn Brenzel and Will Parker write, with Democrats now in full control of the state Senate, "programs that landlords have enjoyed for almost three decades - and which often serve as the basis for their entire business models - could soon disappear".
The Democratic governor said in a radio interview that he has spoken to Amazon executives in the two weeks since they pulled the plug on a planned secondary headquarters in ny.
They said the online retail giant's proposed NY campus would be a "tremendous benefit to residents and small businesses in the surrounding communities". I hope that they reconsider.
In a blog post on February 14, Amazon announced it would no longer move forward with HQ2 plans in NY.
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Cuomo, the Times reported, has promised to help the company navigate the complicated process to get approvals for its planned project in Long Island City.
How we got here: Last November, Amazon announced plans to build a 25,000-40,000-person office in Queens as one-half of its vaunted HQ2 sweepstakes.
The letter said that Mr. 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". Many New Yorkers cited concerns over how HQ2 would affect the already stressed housing system, and wondered why the incentives from state and city government were not going into the MTA.
The New York location had an estimated incremental tax revenue of generating more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. "They just said, 'We don't want it, ' and they are demonstrating against it and it's jobs".
Nevertheless, he's persists. There's also an open letter published in today's Times, signed by politicians, businesses, and groups who support the deal.
Now, Cuomo, who joked that he would change his name to "Amazon Cuomo" if it would land the deal with Amazon, is furiously working the phones, according to a report in the New York Times, trying to see if he can woo back Amazon.
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.