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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo deems losing 2nd Amazon HQ ‘greatest tragedy’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about his upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump during a news conference Feb. 11, 2019, in the Red Room at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo says Amazon backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the “greatest tragedy” he has seen since he’s been in government. Cuomo said Friday, Feb. 22 on public radio station WAMC that losing the Amazon deal makes him sick to his stomach. (Hans Pennink / Associated Press)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks about his upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump during a news conference Feb. 11, 2019, in the Red Room at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo says Amazon backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the “greatest tragedy” he has seen since he’s been in government. Cuomo said Friday, Feb. 22 on public radio station WAMC that losing the Amazon deal makes him sick to his stomach. (Hans Pennink / Associated Press)
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ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Amazon’s backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City is the “greatest tragedy” he has seen since he’s been in government.

Cuomo said Friday on public radio station WAMC that losing the Amazon deal makes him sick to his stomach. Cuomo’s public comments were his first on the topic since his office issued a statement Feb. 14, the day the Seattle-based internet retailer announced it was backing out of an agreement to redevelop a site in Queens.

Cuomo again blamed fellow Democrats who control the state Senate. They include Sen. Michael Gianaris, who represents the Long Island City neighborhood where Amazon wanted to base 25,000 jobs.

Senate majority spokesman Michael Murphy called Cuomo’s comments “baseless attacks.”

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