(TNS) A group of the Upstate New York lawmakers have a message for Amazon: If a deal for a new headquarters in New York City falls through, the Syracuse-Rochester region would roll out the welcome mat.
Seven Republican Assembly and Senate members said Monday the Syracuse-Rochester region’s world-class universities and expansive landscape would provide the perfect home for Amazon’s second East Coast headquarters and 25,000 new jobs.
Sen. Bob Antonacci, R-Onondaga, also offered Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos an incentive to make a social statement about economic inequality by moving to the region.
“Syracuse ranks No. 1 in concentrated poverty for African Americans and Hispanics in the nation,” Antonacci wrote in a Jan. 31 letter to Bezos. “Therefore, a decision to locate in Central New York would make a powerful statement as well as be transformational in helping to reduce poverty and lead to widespread change for New York state.”
Amazon previously ruled out a proposal from the Syracuse metropolitan area, among 238 communities that submitted bids to host the second headquarters. The region did not meet Amazon’s preference for a metropolitan area with a population of at least 1 million people.
The renewed offer comes as Amazon considers pulling out of a deal to locate one of its two East Coast headquarters in New York City. The Washington Post quoted sources Friday as saying Amazon could exit the deal because of opposition to $3 billion in tax incentives for the company.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday accused fellow Democrats in the state Senate of “governmental malpractice” for threatening the deal.
The GOP lawmakers who joined Antonacci in the offer to Amazon are Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua; Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski; Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-Springport; Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, R-Lyons; and Sens. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua and Rich Funke, R-Fairport.
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