New York asks Amazon to reconsider campus plan

A group of business, politics and community leaders in New York asked Amazon to reconsider its decision to cancel plans to build a new campus in the city.

The campaign comes weeks after the company dropped the project, citing some local opposition.

Amazon has pledged to invest about a pair of $ 1.5 billion ($ 1.9 billion) to create a center that will add twenty five thousand jobs.

By contrast, the city and the state had promised the company about $ 3 billion in tax breaks and other benefits.

The award helped support the strong opposition to the project, despite its support by the governor of New York and the mayor.
Opinion polls also indicate that the majority of the local population supported it.

In an open letter to the Amazon published in The New York Times on Friday, the group wrote: "A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and were disappointed by your decision not to proceed.

"We all hope to reconsider."
The signatories included the heads of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, MasterCard, JetBlue Airlines, as well as local leaders, including heads of tenant associations and chairman of the NAACP Conference in New York.

The New York Times quoted unnamed sources as saying New York Governor Andrew Como had also called on Amazon President Jeff Bezos to try to change his mind.

However, the paper said there was no indication that the company wanted to reopen the dialogue, which sparked controversy over corporate support and concerns over the impact of the Amazon on rents in the region.

In addition to abandoning plans to build a campus in New York, Amazon has also cut back on its expansion plans in Seattle.

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