THE BRONX — A slew of local elected officials recently signed onto a letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos urging him to find a home for the company's second headquarters somewhere in the borough.
The company recently announced that it is looking for a locale for its second headquarters, issuing a nationwide request for proposals.
The letter — signed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Councilman Rafael Salamanca, Congressman José Serrano and Councilwoman Annabel Palma — is not an official proposal but reads like an ad for the Bronx.
It boasts of the borough's proximity to airports, Manhattan and the suburbs — and even its status as the only borough attached to the mainland of the United States.
If that wasn't enough, it enumerates the borough's offerings, from parkland and hospitals to cultural institutions like the Bronx Zoo and the home of the New York Yankees. Recent development investments are also highlighted.
The letter says it has identified potential sites for Amazon and asks the company to come tour them.
"As the company that always thought 'out of the box,' we invite you to come and see our ongoing positive transformation for yourself," the letter beckons.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.