Cuomo is determined to reclaim Jeff Bezos.
According to a report released Thursday by the New York Times, the New York governor quietly begged Amazon and its founder to resume his abrupt decision to abandon his plans to head to QG2 headquarters in New York.
Amazon had announced that the city would be partly involved in its expansion, but it gave up after stiff opposition from activists concerned about gentrification and tax incentives offered under the deal.
The Times reports that Cuomo has spoken "several" times since the decision to Amazon executives, including CEO Jeff Bezos, and added that Cuomo "had announced that he would direct the company to through the Byzantine governmental process ".
A consortium of businessmen also publishes an open letter to Amazon in the newspaper on Friday, asking him to reconsider his decision.
"We know that the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was harsh and unwelcoming, and the reviews are strong in New York – sometimes strident," the letter reads. "We consider this to be part of New York's charm, but when we embark on a project as important as this one, we discover how to make it happen so that everyone can do it."
Signatories to the letter include Mastercard General Manager Ajay Banga, Citigroup General Manager Michael Corbat, General Atlantic General Manager William Ford, Morgan Stanley General Manager James Gorman and Goldman Sachs General Manager David Solomon.
"Governor Cuomo will assume responsibility for the project's approval by the government and the mayor of Blasio will work with the governor to manage the community development process," the letter added.
Starting in September 2017, Amazon launched a highly publicized search to find a suitable location to build a major new office called a second headquarters, thus joining its base in Seattle, Washington, which can accommodate up to $ 25,000. to 50,000 workers. He finally decided to choose not one but two sites: New York City and Virginia, effectively splitting the headquarters plan into two major regional offices.