Nassau County Executive Jack Martins contacted Amazon officials to suggest that the county would be a great location for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America for eastern operations, particularly given the announcement of Amazon’s plans to open a fulfillment center on Staten Island.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Nassau County. We fit the bill in their desire to find a suburban setting, and knowing that they have committed to Staten Island means that Nassau is geographically desirable; we have a highly educated workforce, top colleges, and close proximity to New York City,” Martins said. “And because Amazon is already leasing a facility in Bethpage as part of its distribution infrastructure, it means Nassau is on their radar.”
Remarkably, there are no Fortune 500 companies based in Nassau County, though there is one based in Suffolk County, three in Westchester County, and 16 in northern New Jersey.
“This is a perfect example of why I have proposed eliminating the Nassau Interim Finance Authority over the next two years. Large businesses will be more likely to commit to doing big business with a county that is in charge of its own finances,” Martins said. “Once we restructure our finances and get out from under NIFA’s oversight, we can do even more to encourage big business to relocate here. This would mean more jobs, expanding our tax base, and lightening the tax burden for every taxpayer. Nassau County needs for its elected officials to think big, and be competent, experienced leaders to lead us forward and get us back on track.”
According to media reports, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in regard to opening an east coast HQ, “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in upfront and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home.” Amazon is based in Seattle, Washington.
Jack Martins is the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party nominee for Nassau County executive. Jack is a former three-term New York State senator, the former mayor of Mineola, and he lives in Nassau with his wife and four daughters. Jack Martins is focused on making Nassau County a better place to live, work, and raise a family. As Nassau County executive, Jack is committed to ending the corruption that has compromised the public’s trust in government, protecting local property taxpayers, and creating an economic renaissance to provide a brighter future for the middle class. The election takes place November 7.