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.
CEO David Solomon, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, four members of Congress and several union heads, including UFT President Michael Mulgrew, are among more than 75 city leaders who signed the letter to be published as an ad in the New York Times imploring Bezos to reconsider his February 14 decision.
The letter was signed by supportive unions, local businesses, community groups and elected officials including Reps.
In November, Amazon announced plans to build a $3 billion second corporate campus in New York City. "In those calls, Mr. Cuomo said he would navigate the company through the byzantine governmental process".
One of the people familiar with Cuomo's communications with Amazon executives said that he reiterated this argument.
A group of NY business, political and community leaders have asked Amazon to reconsider its decision to scrap plans for a new campus in the city.
Cuomo himself didn't sign the letter, but the New York Times reported that he had made a personal pitch to Bezos in an effort to revive the deal.
"Opinions are strong in NY - sometimes strident", the letter noted.
"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. But opponents, including members of the state legislature and the New York City Council, opposed the almost $3 billion in subsidies and tax credits the city and state were offering to Amazon.
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The letter will appear in The Times Friday and is being paid for the pro-business Partnership for New York City.
The letter went on to admit that public debate surrounding the initial HQ2 announcement for Long Island City was "rough and not very welcoming". "But when we commit to a project as important as this, we figure out how to get it done in a way that works for everyone", it continued.
The award helped to provoke vocal opposition to the said project, even though it was supported by the governor and mayor of NY.
But he added, "We don't want anyone to think that NY doesn't understand that we are the home of entrepreneurial business, and we want young people coming here and new talent".
They still wanted to see economic growth in NY, the advocates argued, but not without first considering the effect on housing prices and racial and economic equality.
Cuomo confirmed to ABC he's had conversations with Bezos.
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The head of the Partnership For New York City, the business group that organized the joint letter, said the letter also was meant to assure the technology industry as a whole that the city was eager to attract investment.
Amazon also said it will continue with a planned new "Center of Excellence" in Nashville, and continue to hire and grow across its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the US and Canada.