Google re-affirmed its commitment to New York last week. Its real estate chief, Paul Darrah, told a conference the tech giant plans to double in size over the coming decade.
While it may have cost New York dearly when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and state Sen. Michael Gianaris chased Amazon out of Long Island City last month due to dirty local politics and economic illiteracy, Google is a win for New York.
Remember, companies always have the option to go to another state or even overseas when moronic or infantile politicians destroy the business climate. That said, Google’s commitment to New York demonstrates the Big Apple’s appeal to big technology companies.
On the coattails of this great news, it’s time for Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to reach out to Amazon and invite the company to Manhattan.
On the Big Island, AOC and Taxi Medallion Man do not run the show. Business does.
Even our mayor, and of course our governor, understand the value of well-paying jobs and all the good they do to invigorate communities around the city. Not to mention all the glorious tax revenue they generate.
So while the mayor was indeed out to lunch for Amazon Round 1 and the governor got duped by Gianaris and AOC, the Google news is something on which the pols in Manhattan and Albany can build — a position of strength.
They both should without further delay extend an even more generous olive branch to Jeff Bezos and Amazon and make the tech giant feel that its 25,000 jobs — with an average pay of $150,000 — are very welcome here in New York’s vibrant and growing technology community, Silicon Alley.
New York City isn’t about to become Caracas, Venezuela, much as the economically illiterate would love it to.
Silicon Alley is here to stay, and Hudson Yards has lots of prime beautiful space that’s available.
So it’s time to get back to work, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Governor and Mr. Bezos.