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Officials to push LI locations for Amazon HQ at NYC meeting

Amazon plans to build a second North American

Amazon plans to build a second North American headquarters that could employ up to 50,000. Credit: AP / Reed Saxon

Long Island business and economic development officials will meet with state officials in Manhattan Tuesday to discuss making a unified pitch to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to New York, the head of the Long Island Association said Friday.

Empire State Development, the state’s primary business aid agency, is coordinating efforts to help bring the online shopping giant’s proposed second North American headquarters — a $5 billion-plus campus that Seattle-based Amazon said last week could employ up to 50,000 — to the state, LIA president and chief executive Kevin Law said.

Law said he will be in attendance at the meeting, to be held at ESD’s Manhattan offices, and will be advocating for potential sites on Long Island.

“The state is going to be making a coordinated effort to make the state’s best pitch to Amazon,” Law said. Given the state’s ability to give substantial economic incentives, Law added that having the state take the lead “makes sense.”

“I think any town, county or city that tries to make their own pitch to Amazon without the input and consultation of the state wouldn’t be well received,” he said.

Last week, after Amazon announced it was accepting proposals for the massive project, officials from Nassau and Suffolk counties each said they planned to throw their hats into the ring. Amazon said it encouraged “states, provinces and metro areas to coordinate with relevant jurisdictions to submit one for your metropolitan statistical area.”

Law said he plans to use the meeting with ESD to push for “several potential sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties to be included in the mix.”

While a formal list of potential Island sites isn’t yet available, Law said that he has been approached locally about “parcels in Brookhaven, Islip and Hempstead.”

ESD officials declined to comment on the meeting.

But Howard Zemsky, ESD president and chief executive, said in a statement Friday, “Amazon, with its significant footprint in New York State, knows first-hand that we have the infrastructure, business climate and workforce necessary for businesses to succeed. This project is a major opportunity and New Yorkers should know that we will be doing everything we can to attract Amazon HQ2 — and 50,000 jobs — to the Empire State.”

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