Cuomo, New Yorkers' Amazon HQ2 pleas too little, too late?

An an anti Amazon HQ2 rally outside New York City Hall.                  Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

An an anti Amazon HQ2 rally outside New York City Hall. Ben Fox Rubin CNET

New York officials and business executives are pleading with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to give New York City another chance after the retailer earlier this month backed out of a plan to build a second headquarters amid fierce community opposition.

Mr. Cuomo said Thursday: 'I've had many conversations with Amazon.

Cuomo, the Times reported, has promised to help the company navigate the complicated process to get approvals for its planned project in Long Island City. Cuomo also said the project has much more public support than there appears to be.

Amazon on February 14 pulled out of its commitment to build a second headquarters in New York City, citing opposition from some state and local politicians.

Spokespeople for Cuomo's office and Amazon did not return FOX Business' request for comment.

Cuomo blamed a "small group" of politicians who "put their own narrow political interests above their community", referencing freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), who was vocal about her opposition and celebrated after the cancelation.

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Furthermore, the Times has revealed an "open letter" to Bezos that had been arranged for publication in the newspaper this Friday.

Kathryn S. Wylde, the president of the partnership, said the open letter is not just aimed at Amazon, but other technology companies that may be interested in coming to NY for business.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been working furiously behind the scenes to bring Amazon back to NY.

The open letter acknowledged Amazon's HQ2 was given a "rough and not very welcoming" response by some New Yorkers. "Governor Cuomo will take personal responsibility for the project's state approval". Some House lawmakers, as well as the CEOs of companies including Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, signed on to the letter.

"We can find a way to both elevate working families and embrace innovation economy jobs", Jeffries, who signed the letter, said in a statement.

One thing that has changed in the last two weeks: Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic majority leader of the state Senate, withdrew her nomination of Sen. Michael Gianaris to the obscure Public Authorities Control Board.

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