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More than 80 New York union, civic and financial leaders published an open letter in The New York Times to  (AMZN) - Get Inc. Report CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider his decision to pull the online retailing giant's plans to build its second headquarters in Long Island City.

The letter writers said that New Yorkers want the 25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs and $28 billion in new tax revenue that Amazon promised to bring to the state. 

The letter also stated that the not-so-warm welcome local politicians extended to the company when questioning the deal was just part of the city's charm.

"We know the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was rough and not very welcoming. Opinions are strong in New York -sometimes strident. We consider it part of the New York charm! But when we commit to a project as important as this, we figure out how to get it done in a way that works for everyone," the letter stated. 

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The letter was signed by business leaders like Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat and Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman; Political leaders like Congresswoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Rep. Gregory Meeks; and local community leaders.

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Editor's Note: Story has been updated to reflect that more than 80 persons signed the later, as opposed to the 40 that was originally reported.