While certain Democrats and other left-leaning figure heads celebrated the announcement that Amazon would abandon plans to build their new headquarters in New York, others we not so happy.
Many saw this for what it was. A loss of nearly 40,000 jobs.
On Friday, many leaders in the New York community attached their names to an open letter posted in the New York Times.
Dear Mr. Bezos:
New Yorkers do not want to give up on the 25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs, and $28 billion in new tax revenues that Amazon was prepared to bring to our state. A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and were disappointed by your decision not to proceed. We understand that becoming home to the world’s industry leader in e-commerce, logistics and web services would be a tremendous boost for our state’s technology industry, which is our fastest growing
generator of new jobs. As representatives of a wide range of government, business, labor and community interests,we urge you to reconsider, so that we can move forward together.
We know the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was rough and not very welcoming. Opinions are strong in New York—sometimes strident. We consider it part of the New York charm! 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.
The letter goes on to say that Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio will personally handle the deal going forward.
No word has come back from Amazon or Bezos yet, and honestly, do you really expect them to come back?