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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION AMAZON FULFILLMENT CENTER IN STATEN ISLAND TO CREATE 2,250 NEW JOBS

silive.com - September 7, 2017

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new $100 million Amazon fulfillment center will open in the Global Logistics Park on the West Shore of Staten Island, creating 2,250 new, full-time jobs. The 855,000 square-foot facility is Amazon's first fulfillment center in New York and will offer opportunities for employees to engage with advanced robotics in a highly tech-enabled workplace. 

"Amazon's decision to establish the first state-of-the-art fulfillment center in New York affirms our position at the forefront of the growing global innovation economy, and this investment will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for the Staten Island community," Governor Cuomo said. "New York continues to demonstrate that we have the workforce, the technology, and the pro-business climate to help companies grow and succeed."

A fulfillment center is an advanced logistics operation that strategically moves products the fastest way possible. Amazon has a robust network of fulfillment centers around the world, and the Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 70 fulfillment centers. Amazon's new fulfillment center in Staten Island will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics.

In order to encourage Amazon's expansion into New York State, Empire State Development offered the company up to $18 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. In addition to the 2,250 new jobs at the facility, Amazon will retain an additional 886 jobs in New York over the next five years. 

Sanjay Shah, Amazon's Vice President of Customer Fulfillment said, "We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to New York and work alongside the state's incredible workforce. The support of local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to New York, and we are grateful for the welcome we've received to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one."   

Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "We are excited to see Amazon choose to significantly expand its footprint in New York State. This project will create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers in a rapidly-growing industry, and proves that our tech economy's momentum is stronger than ever before."

Senator Andrew Lanza said, "Today's announcement means thousands of additional new jobs right here in our local community. These jobs will have a positive impact on the entire local economy, helping to ensure Staten Island remains a great place to both live and work. This is the vision Borough President Oddo and myself have held for this area since the failed NASCAR project and I am thrilled Governor Cuomo could help make it a reality. I commend Governor Cuomo and Borough President Oddo for their efforts in bringing Amazon to Staten Island."

Assemblymember Michael Cusick said, "Today is an exciting day as my colleagues and I have long been committed to building a business friendly environment that would generate jobs locally. An Amazon fulfillment center at the Global Logistics Park on the West Shore, which will create over 2,200 full time jobs for Staten Island, is an unprecedented investment in our borough. I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo for delivering for Staten Island. This announcement is a benchmark that shows for all industry that New York State is open for business."

Staten Island Borough President James S. Oddo said, "We've been talking about the West Shore of Staten Island as our borough's 'Jobs Coast,' and today that talk becomes reality in a big way. In fact, this project will be the biggest single job creator in our borough's history. And, let me be clear, these jobs are being created by the private sector doing what it does best. Our role at Borough Hall these last few months has been to help Matrix and Amazon navigate and overcome what can sometimes be an unyielding bureaucracy so that we can enjoy the thousands of new jobs coming our way. Thank you to Governor Cuomo, and our partners in state and city government for coming together and working collectively to get this done. I also want to recognize and thank Joe Taylor, President and CEO of Matrix Development, who, from the beginning of this process, has been a true partner in our shared quest to bring jobs to this site to benefit Staten Islanders. Finally, this announcement, like the closing of the sale of the Broadway Stages property a few weeks ago, demonstrates that Staten Island is open for business."

City Council Member Steve Matteo said, "For years, my colleagues and I have been working to tap into the vast economic potential of Staten Island's West Shore, whether by creating the city's first industrial business improvement district, pushing for transportation and infrastructure improvements or through special commercial zoning to incentivize business growth. While we have had some success, we were still seeking that game changer. Now we have it. Amazon's decision to build a $100 million, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Global Logistics Park, adding more than 2,200 good-paying full-time jobs to the borough, will help transform the West Shore into the Jobs Shore and provide a tremendous boost to the local economy. I thank the Governor, the Borough President, and their teams for closing this deal and Amazon for bringing their facility to Staten Island."

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock on day one. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation's innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs

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