Governor Andrew Cuomo and other prominent New Yorkers sent a full-page letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week; begging the technology giant to return to the Big Apple after leading Democrats forced the corporation out of New York City.
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who was staggered by Amazon’s decision to pull out of its plans to come to New York City, is working intensely behind the scenes to lure the company back, even connecting with Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, to make a personal pitch,” reports the New York Times.
The letter has been signed by over 70 labor unions, local businesses, community groups, and elected officials in an attempt to lure Amazon back to the borough of Queens.
The mega-corporation abruptly canceled their plans to construct a massive headquarters in New York City just weeks ago after widespread protests from leading lawmakers -including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“New Yorkers do not want to give up on the 25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs, and $28 billion in new tax revenues that Amazon was prepared to bring to our state,” states the letter.
Read the full letter here.
AMAZON VS AOC: Tech Giant SLAMS Cortez, Says Couldn’t Work In This 'Environment’
Tech giant Amazon lashed-out at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Friday; blasting the self-described Democratic-Socialist after announcing their plans to abandon its New York City headquarters.
“If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s ‘Never Amazon,'” said Jodi Seth, the head of the policy communications for Amazon. “If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it’s unions.”
“It was that the environment over the course of the past three months had not got any better. There were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan,” she added.
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
Cortez praised Amazon’s decision to abandon their NYC proposal, saying “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”
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ANTI-AMAZON: New Yorkers Fume, Protest New Amazon Headquarters in Queens
New York City Council Members and furious residents ripped Amazon executives during a high-stakes meeting in the Big Apple this week; blasting the massive tax breaks given by the city and state governments.
“The council members, who have no vote on the project and no apparent path to block it, demanded to know why the city and New York state were offering Amazon up to $2.8 billion in tax breaks and grants to build the new headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens,” writes Fox 5.
“We have a crumbling subway system, record homelessness, public housing that is in crisis, overcrowded schools, sick people without health insurance and an escalating affordable crisis,” said Democrat City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “Is anyone asking if we should be giving nearly $3 billion in public money to the world’s richest company, valued at $1 trillion?”
Amazon executives told the crowd the new project would have a “positive economic impact” of $186 billion over a 25-year period.
Read the full report here.