Amid a new power struggle between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature that may threaten the deal to open a major Amazon corporate campus in Queens, the Broome County executive extended an invitation to the company to relocate there.
In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sent out Friday, County Executive Jason Garnar said Broome County would gladly offer an invitation to the internet retail giant.
“Many of us in upstate NY can’t believe that New York City would actually say no to 25 thousand jobs, but Broome County will gladly take a company that will provide 25 thousand new jobs and five billion dollars of investment in a NY minute,” Garner said.
Garner touted that Broome County is uniquely situated right in the middle of the Northeast within a few hours driving distance of New York City, Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Syracuse, Philadelphia and other large cities, and that three major highways all intersect through Broome County.
Garner also said the area is ripe with high-level colleges and universities.
The county executive also offered Bezos and Amazon to tour the country at their convenience.
New York City was one of two locations chosen by Amazon to house its second headquarters. The other was Arlington, Virginia. The deal is expected to create 25,000 jobs in New York over the next decade.
The deal, which was brokered by the mayor and governor, has faced opposition from community groups and members of the City Council, as well as Senate Democrats, who say they were left out of the process.