Capital Region lawmakers react to Amazon dropping NYC plans

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    ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - "Projects like this only come around once every 100 years and unfortunately we lost it," said Cohoes Assemblyman John McDonald.

    McDonald says Amazon's decision to cancel plans for a new headquarters in New York is a huge disappointment.

    He says the nearly $30 billion dollars that was projected in revenue could have gone a long way toward improving many chronic issues across the state.

    "When you look at just the infrastructure problems with roads, bridges, and wastewater that we have here in upstate New York. This was a real lost opportunity and it's really, to be honest with you, a very sad day in New York State," said McDonald.

    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing their frustration.

    Senator Jim Tedisco released a statement reading in part:

    "Look no further than the Senate Majority who are porch pirates because they stole this Amazon package right under the Governor's nose!"

    Governor Cuomo is also directing blame at the Senate, saying they have done "tremendous damage" and should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.

    Cuomo says Amazon would have created at least 25,000 jobs.

    Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh says she agrees it is a major loss, but she also argues that the Governor should be concentrating more on the businesses that are already here.

    "If we could focus on trying to improve the economic environment for the companies that are already here, I think that that would be a smart choice and a better priority than trying to land a big fish like Amazon," Walsh said.

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