Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is rolling out the welcome mat for Amazon in the wake of pushback to the company's plan to open a new corporate headquarters downstate in Long Island City.

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The Democrat issued a statement saying:
“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,”

Garnar February 8 sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos touting Broome's unique location in "the middle of the Northeast" within easy driving distance of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other large cities with major highways intersecting in the Greater Binghamton area and access to rail service.  The Executive also plugs the Binghamton regional airport which just announced an increase in boardings for the year but still only has one carrier, Delta, with two regular flights between Binghamton and Detroit.

Garnar says Amazon could have "300 acres of developable land" available for the HQ2 headquarters.

Other selling points in the Executive's appeal are Binghamton University, SUNY Broome and the close proximity of Syracuse University and Cornell.

Broome County Executive Garnar's full letter can be seen here:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting criticism over the Amazon deal downstate saying many parties worked very hard to attract the development to New York State only to have a massive effort to derail the project.


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