Some lawmakers in New York are not ready to give up the prospect of hosting HQ2 from Amazon for the moment.
The Democratic governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo, has tried to convince Amazon's leaders to get involved again in their projects in New York, the New York Times reported, citing two people aware of the efforts. He even had personal contacts with CEO, Jeff Bezos, while he was working "intensely behind the scenes to attract society." According to the report, a recent conversation between Cuomo and Bezos marked the first time the couple has spoken to each other since the lucrative deal failed. .
Cuomo has not offered Amazon new location for its facilities, but would have promised to support the project. Amazon, however, did not indicate that he was willing to reconsider.
The spokespersons for Cuomo and Amazon offices did not respond to FOX Business's request for comment.
New York had offered $ 3 billion of incentives to Amazon for the choice of location.
It's not just Cuomo who hopes that Amazon will change his mind. In an open letter published Friday in the New York Times, local unions, businesses and other groups showed their support for the project.
"A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and was disappointed by your decision not to continue," reads the letter. "Governor Cuomo will personally assume responsibility for the approval of the project by the state."
Last month, Amazon announced its decision to abandon projects at its headquarters in Long Island City, New York, creating 25,000 well-paying jobs and a $ 2.5 billion investment. The company had to generate billions of dollars in tax revenue for New York.
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The announcement made by Amazon during the November 2002 siege sparked fierce local opposition, including from some lawmakers – such as the democratic republic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which applauded the eventual reversal of the e-commerce giant.
Cuomo recently hinted that he believed that Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory over representative Joe Crowley during the Democratic primaries of 2018 was at least partly responsible for Amazon's decision.