In Long Island’s Suffolk County, representatives of County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, met with Cuomo’s economic development office last week for an introductory session on the Amazon bidding. Next week, the county expects to send its initial plan to the state.
“Suffolk County is working closely with NYS Empire State Development, (which) is coordinating submissions on behalf of the state,’’ said Jason Elan, a former Cuomo administration staffer who is now a spokesman for Bellone.
Nassau County’s economic development agency did not respond for comment.
Incentives to shape Amazon’s decision
Some states, such as Massachusetts – with Boston on many analysts’ short lists for possible Amazon finalists — can focus all of its state and local attention on advancing just one bid. New York won’t be in that club.
But Brian McMahon, executive director of the New York Economic Development Council, which represents job creation agencies throughout the state, dismisses speculation that New York’s chances are hurt by its multiple contenders.
“I think it’s an advantage. We have options that Amazon can choose from, if you will, that have very different strengths, assets and attributes,’’ McMahon said. He said the state is well-accustomed to working with companies that are considering more than one New York location for their business.