New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has been attempting to convince Amazon executives to revive plans to put the company’s second headquarters, known as HQ2, in New York, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Cuomo has had several conversations on the phone with Amazon executives, including Bezos, over the past two weeks, two sources told the Times. Cuomo reportedly offered to help Amazon navigate government procedures and support the company’s efforts.
Cuomo told reporters on Thursday that he had conversations with Amazon and hopes that the company reconsiders, although the company does not appear to have changed its mind, according to an audio recording of a press briefing sent to The Hill by a Cuomo spokesperson.
“I’ve had many conversations with Amazon. I hope that they reconsider,” Cuomo said at the press briefing. “Up until now, we haven’t seen any change in their position.”
Cuomo’s spokesperson declined to comment on who specifically Cuomo spoke with at Amazon or the contents of the conversation. A spokesperson for Amazon also declined to comment.
Amazon did not appear receptive to Cuomo’s offer, according to the Times.
Amazon had planned to split HQ2 between Long Island City, Queens, and Crystal City in Arlington, Va. Following public backlash, Amazon decided earlier this month to no longer put part of its headquarters in New York.
Progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezCoast Guard official accused of terror plot indicted on gun, drug charges Ocasio-Cortez says bartending prepared her to cross-examine Michael Cohen Ocasio-Cortez: Superhero portrayal shows ‘we all have a superhero inside of us’ MORE (D-N.Y.), cheered the company’s decision, but Republicans and more moderate Democrats have lamented it. Opponents of HQ2 pointed to accusations of worker rights violations that have been lobbed against the company, but proponents said it would bring more jobs to New York.
After Amazon pulled out of New York, Cuomo expressed disappointment.
“A small group [of] 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,” he said in a statement. “The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.”