Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering Its NYC Headquarters Amid Fierce Opposition

Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

"If Amazon is reconsidering getting out of its plan to open a headquarters in NY, as has been reported by the Washington Post, we welcome the opportunity to talk further with the e-commerce giant", he said Friday.

In the face of widespread and impassioned opposition from local politicians, progressive members of Congress, and ordinary New Yorkers, Amazon is reportedly having second thoughts about its plan to locate a second headquarters site in Long Island City.

The source said New Jersey officials have not been given any indication that Amazon is considering moving out of NY. Let's keep it going!"added Make the Road New York, a state-level advocacy group".

In November 2018, Amazon selected Queens and Arlington, Virginia, as the two sites for its second headquarters. Amazon's development proposal lays out plans for a 4-8 million-square-foot campus, but it has not yet leased or purchased office space for the project, which is not expected to receive final NY state approval until 2020. The original pitch made it sound as if they might go to some smaller to middle-sized city that was down on its luck and in need of a major boost in jobs and commerce. The Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO and founder. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) also opposed Amazon's expansion there, telling the Fox Business Network that his goal was to see the deal "thrown into the garbage".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helped to negotiate the deal between the city and Amazon and could refuse Gianaris' appointment to the Public Authorities Control Board; but in doing so could create a standoff with the rest of his fellow Democrats.

All of this has Amazon wondering if picking NY was the right thing to do. The company could certainly skip over to Newark and re-open talks to place its offices there, if only to loosen resistance in New York City.

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It's not clear what Amazon would do if it dropped the plan for NY.

According to Amazon's press release, the company will also receive "performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion" for the creation of the jobs. "Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through work force training or funding computer science classes for thousands of New York City students, we are working hard to demonstrate what kind of neighbor we will be", company spokeswoman Jodi Seth told The Post when asked if the New York deal was at risk of failing. It's very likely that this strong public outcry is one of the primary factors for Amazon to be allegedly rethinking its plans.

Basically, the whole thing could be summed up as "nice Amazon deal, New York". The state gave them massive tax breaks to try to keep them around, gutting the local government's budget and shifting to burden to the taxpayers, but the company wound up nearly entirely leaving anyway.

In addition to raising concerns about the tax breaks given to Amazon, critics have noted that the company has said it would not support employees who seek to unionize.

In Virginia, the existing large population of highly-paid tech workers means Amazon will fit right in.

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