Seward laments Amazon pull-out

Republican lawmakers representing the mid-Hudson chimed in with a variety of responses on Thursday to Amazon’s announcement that it would abandon its plans to open a giant operation in Queens because of stiff resistance from some community groups and elected officials.

“This is a lost opportunity for New York State,” Sen. James Seward, a Republican whose district includes part of Ulster County, said in a statement. “It is extremely unfortunate that a hostile political environment has resulted in the loss of 25,000 good paying jobs.  While I have been critical of the lack of transparency involved in the Amazon deal, I was ultimately supportive of the economic opportunities that were on our horizon.”

Like other elected officials in upstate New York and neighboring states, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec laid out a welcome mat for Amazon – and a dinner invitation for CEO Jeff Bezos.

“In light of New York City’s sad rejection of Amazon, I would like to formally invite the company to locate its headquarters in the 98th Assembly District,” the Deerpark Republican said in a press release. “We have plenty of hardworking job-seekers, academic institutions and land that could accommodate Amazon’s construction and labor needs, and I’m confident the company would continue its retail growth here in the Hudson Valley. I personally invite Mr. Bezos to dinner at the Chateau Hathorn in beautiful Warwick, New York to discuss the transition.”

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, a New Windsor Republican, renewed his criticism of the $3 billion in incentives that the state and New York City had offered Amazon, echoing Democrats who opposed the deal and cheered its collapse. Earlier in the week, he had challenged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a budget hearing in Albany about the size of that incentive package.

“The proposed incentive package would have been the largest economic development incentive package in the history of New York for one of the richest companies in the world,” Schmitt said.

He argues the state could better use its resources to “improve the state’s onerous tax system and business climate” and bring jobs upstate. “Now that Amazon has withdrawn from the HQ2 deal, I believe the state should seize this opportunity to prioritize the needs of the Hudson Valley and local taxpayers,” he said.

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