However, the newspaper said there was little sign that the company is willing to re-open the conversation, which had spurred debate about corporate subsidies and concerns about how Amazon would affect rents in the area. 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.
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. Hakeem Jeffries (D), Carolyn Maloney (D) and Max Rose (D) and religious, education and non-profit leaders signed the letter asking Amazon to reconsider. Amazon is moving ahead with plans to bring 25,000 to 37,000 jobs to the Crystal City neighborhood of Northern Virginia, and says it will spread jobs that had been planned for NY around other company hubs.
The company is moving forward with the other half of the HQ2 project, which will be located in Arlington, Virginia.
An Amazon spokeswoman declined a request for comment. These are issues that other cities which house giant tech companies - like Seattle and San Francisco - are still fighting, but critics say that NY didn't do enough to ensure that the city wouldn't face the same problems when HQ2 moved into Long Island City.
"It would be helpful if the state Senate said that they would approve it". "We made a prudent decision that gives us the opportunity to hyperfocus on D.C".
There is a push for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to reconsider bringing Amazon HQ2 to Long Island City, Queens.
Since the deal fell through, Cuomo has been arguing in public and in private that support for the project was and remains far more widespread than it may have seemed. After Amazon cancelled the project, she withdrew Gianaris' name and nominated another Queens senator, Leroy Comrie, to serve on the board. That was small vocal minority. and we don't operate that away.
Yes, but: As the Times notes, there is one significant change since Amazon called the deal off.
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. Three months later, with no end in sight for the sustained political pressure and negative attention, executives chose to pull the plug.
Tom Wright, who signed the open letter to Bezos this week and is the president and chief executive of the Regional Plan Association, pointed to the other half of HQ2 in Crystal City, Virginia, as a model for how NY could strike deal that would both appease critics and attract tech companies in the future.
The open letter acknowledged Amazon's HQ2 was given a "rough and not very welcoming" response by some New Yorkers. "I hope that they reconsider", Cuomo said Thursday at an unrelated event on Long Island, the paper reported.
"The political environment for real estate is the worst that I've seen in 20 years", said industry lobbyist and attorney Ken Fisher.
"Opinions are strong in NY - sometimes strident", the letter noted. "They are understandably reluctant to participate in a public forum where they could be subjected to a dysfunctional shouting match with angry opponents who may be more interested in creating a spectacle than actual civil dialogue".
We said it once, we'll say it again: NO to the #HQ2Scam.