2. March 2019 By Christian Murray
The fierce debate on Amazon shows no sign of reducing.
More than 90 community groups wrote an open letter yesterday critical of Governor Andrew Cuomo and business executives who urge the ecommerce giant to reassess its decision to no longer build HQ2 in Long Island City.
The letter was in response to a full-page announcement placed in the New York Times yesterday that encourages the Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezo, to revise his plans to build his proposed campus in Long Island City. The ad – a letter – was signed by 70 executives, including elected officials, industry leaders, and community groups.
Signees included congressmen Carolyn Maloney and Hakeem Jeffries, 32BJ SEIU, and leaders from Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, Queensbridge Houses and LIC Partnerships.
Cuomo said at the Brian Lehrer Show on Friday that he has had many conversations with Amazon in the hope that they will rethink their withdrawal.
The strong press to get Amazon back asked a highly orderly letter from community groups that continued to oppose the plan.
"Cuom's placement that Amazon will return to New York and the open letter shown in the New York Times today [Friday] does not accurately reflect the desire of immigrant populations, the working class communities and community of color," the letter reads. "Amazon first left because of fierce vocal opposition, and that the opposition remains. We recently defeated them and we will do it again."
The group quoted the same arguments that have been made since the proposal was first announced. "It was a backroom deal that cut out communities and gave a $ 500 million and $ 2.5 billion in future money to the richest man in the world."
The letter was signed by 94 groups. Hunters Point Civic Association and Long Island City Coalition were the only two local groups that have signed on. No individual signed the letter.