Andrew Cuomo

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Gov. Cuomo Says Amazon Deal Critics Are Naive

November 20, 2018 - 1:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Amazon’s deal to build a new headquarters in New York is worth about $3 billion in financial incentives, and some wonder why the numbers weren’t revealed until after the agreement was finalized.

From the moment that Amazon announced its Long Island City headquarters plan, critics have claimed New Yorkers should have been made aware of the deal beforehand.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was so desperate to finalize the deal with Amazon that he suggested he would change his name to “Amazon Cuomo,” said Tuesday that critics of the deal are naïve.

“It's a private competition,” Cuomo explained. “How do you do that? You would let then, the other bidders know what you bid, and you would lose.”

Some local leaders and many residents have expressed concerns that the city and state are giving Amazon too much, but Gov. Cuomo—who negotiated the deal—strongly disagrees.

“It costs us nothing! They give us $900 million, we reduce the amount they pay per year $100 million,” Cuomo said.

From very different political slants, the New York Times and New York Post both have criticized the deal.

The Democratic governor has called both publications hypocrites, and claimed both companies also received government incentives.