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Local officials still pushing Upstate to Amazon

After Amazon pulled out of its deal to build another headquaters in New York City, local officials now trying to convince the retail giant that Upstate may be a better option.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 6:32 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 6:56 PM

UTICA, N.Y -  After Amazon pulled out of its deal to build another headquaters in New York City, local officials now trying to convince the retail giant that Upstate may be a better option.

Amazon pulled out of its deal because of the lack of support from residents and politicians that were downstate, even though majority of the population supported the deal.

The company would recieve just over a billion dollars in tax incentives from the state. In return, the state would recieve an estimated tax revenue of just over 20 billion dollars.

Locally, officials are still trying to push Upstate to Amazon.

"Lets call attention to what we have to offer up here. Lets also say that the original offer as an economic incentive, will still be available up here," said Senator Joe Griffo.

The plan for building a headquaters here in New York State may be dead, but officials believe that other aspects of the company could thrive in Upstate.

"Our Drone or UAS system that we have up here at Griffiss right up the thruway from queens could be a great test site or research facility, an area for amazon to develop their own drone delivery system, that can still take place here," said County Executive Anthony Picente.

Assemblyman Brian Miller belives politics may have gotten in the way of sealing the deal.

"You know we are sending this message to a 25,000 job employer that New York State is a tough place to do business. You know we've got the highest taxes, highest regulations. And now we have a very unstable political climate, so what does that say to the prospective companies and the companies that we already have," said Miller

Senator Griffo and County Executive Picente sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. They dont expect a response, but they do believe the company should take another look at Upstate

Link to letter sent to Amazon

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