Amazon didn't deliver, why other companies may be next

February 14, 2019 11:22 PM

NEW YORK, (WHEC) -- After Amazon's about-face on a new headquarters in Queens, lawmakers worry more companies may follow.

The tech giant blamed three months of hostile push-back from elected officials for pushing the e-commerce giant out of the state for good. 


As the second-largest employer in the world leaves the Big Apple high and dry, many worry more companies may take their investments elsewhere.  

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed the state Senate for doing "tremendous damage." 

"Those jobs, while they were all in downstate, the revenue and tax revenue from Amazon being here would have flowed to schools and roads up here as well, so this is a loss for all of New York," said New York State Senator Robert Ortt. "I'm concerned about what that means for the future of economic development." 

The deal would have brought more than 25,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment.

In a press conference Thursday, Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO Robert Duffy uttered the same fear. 

"What does that say to companies that want to relocate to New York state? There's a lot of impacts," said Duffy. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement regarding Amazon pulling out of New York: 

Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements. Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center.

However, a small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state. The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.

The fundamentals of New York's business climate and community that attracted amazon to be here - our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism - remain and we won't be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State.

In the meantime, Rochester leaders, including Mayor Lovely Warren, are hoping to convince Amazon to reconsider locating their second headquarters in Rochester.

However, a big strike against Rochester is that there are no direct international flights overseas.

The city would also have a hard time filling the 25,000 plus jobs needed, which is why local leaders submitted a joint pitch with Buffalo. 

An Amazon spokesperson says the company has no intention of reopening talks with local or state leaders in New York.

The company also says they have no plans to reopen its search at this time.


Beth Cefalu

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