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.
Some House lawmakers, as well as the CEOs of companies including Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, signed on to the letter. Amazon officials have not commented on the appeal.
Amazon confirmed they would not build a headquarters in NY on Valentine's Day. "I have no reason to believe that Amazon is reconsidering", Cuomo said during an interview on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. "They've said the treatment that Amazon received, and their decision that it wasn't worth it, was pretty shocking and caused other firms and entrepreneurs to question whether it was worth it to take on NY".
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.
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.
Many of those signing on to the letter - including public-housing leaders, unions like Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York - were supportive of the deal all along.
"We think we could have gotten NY done, but you have to say, 'At what cost?,'" Sullivan said at the event, referring to local opposition.
Amazon has given no indications that it has been reconsidering its NY decision since its shock decision.
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News of Cuomo's behind-the-scenes talks with Amazon comes just over two weeks after the company chose to cancel plans to build a second headquarters in New York-a project for which it would have received more than $3 billion in taxpayer subsidies.
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".
The award helped to provoke vocal opposition to the said project, even though it was supported by the governor and mayor of NY.
But opponents in the City Council and state Senate objected to an agreement that was hashed out in secrecy and used tax dollars to lure a company worth nearly $800 billion and run by Bezos, the world's wealthiest individual. "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.
Some powerful New Yorkers are trying to get Amazon to bring back HQ2.
Cuomo confirmed to ABC he's had conversations with Bezos. "We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to".
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his efforts to get Amazon back on board with a NY headquarters have not worked - but he doesn't want the failed Amazon deal to drive other companies away.
NewYorkattracts the best, most diverse talent from across the globe.
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.