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Mayor: No Luck In Winning Amazon Back Yet

March 04, 2019 - 4:50 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Amazon cancelled its plans to move to Long Island City, but that’s not stopping lawmakers from trying to win it back.

Dozens of officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the company last week in an effort to woo the online retailer.

However, there is no sign that Amazon executives will reverse course and open the company’s second headquarters in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

He says Amazon executives have reached out, but there’s no interest so far. If they change their minds though, the mayor says he is willing to listen.

“A clear majority of new Yorkers believe the Amazon deal would mean more jobs, more revenue, more opportunity for people living in public housing or kids coming out of CUNY,” de Blasio notes. “There was a clear majority support.”

But, as WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon reports, that support wasn't enough. The company canceled plans to build its second headquarters in Queens after months of growing pressure from the opposition headed by state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Jimmy van Bramer on Valentine's Day. 

While having pointed fingers before, de Blasio says the decision comes down to Amazon.  

“I think there was always going to be some dissent, that's normal in New York City. I'm certain they're some things we could have explained better but, when you already have majority support, it really came down to Amazon's decision,” the mayor said. “None of us saw that coming. If they had simply stayed the course, we would be in the middle of implementing right now.”

Since sending his letter last week, Gov. Cuomo had also reached out to Amazon, but hasn't had much luck either.