Amazon Drops Plans For New York Headquarters

Why Amazon Gave New York City the Kiss-Off

Why Amazon Gave New York City the Kiss-Off

"This was a shakedown, pure and simple", he said.

"Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to encourage local investment and job creation, and we can't speak positively enough about all their efforts", the statement said.

His predecessor, Melissa Mark-Viverito, blasted both Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.

"You have to be tough to make it in New York City", he said.

E-commerce giant Amazon announced on Thursday it was scrapping plans to build its NY headquarters amid mounting local opposition, forgoing billions of dollars' worth of incentives and taking thousands of high-paying jobs with it.

Missouri's Governor is weighing in on Amazon's decision to drop a headquarters location in NY.

New York City officials have responded to Amazon's plans to ditch a Long Island City headquarters with contradictory - but equally fiery -statements.

On Feb. 4, New York State Democrats named a fierce Amazon opponent to a state board that would have had the power to scuttle the deal.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) tweeted that the news on Thursday was "absolutely disgraceful" and a "terrible loss of jobs for NY workers". The plan was initially hailed as an economic triumph, but as politicians, including freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, learned of the subsidies given to the world's largest retailer, many became less enamored of the proposal.

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"Either they are really good poker players or they were not aware", Greenberg said of the Amazon representatives.

Amazon "believed that they were doing NY such a big favor by bringing tech jobs and then all the ancillary jobs that they thought that the protests would not be as strong as they were", Gordon said. It hadn't yet purchased any land, fortunately, making the reversal an easier process.

In a statement, de Blasio blamed Amazon for failing to address local criticism.

The company also said it will not reopen its search for a second HQ2 location, and will proceed with its plans in Crystal City. Amazon didn't say if the cancellation of the NY plan would lead to a larger expansion in Virginia. "Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center". Community groups feared rising rents in the neighbourhood would push out long-time residents, and that the influx of workers would strain an already overburdened subway system. High-rise towers have sprouted across the neighborhood in recent years. She said Walmart was forced to give up coming to New York City after similar opposition from union supporters.

Alphabet Inc's Google has avoided competitions between cities for offices, and its growing presence in lower Manhattan has met with little serious blowback.

Amazon said it would "continue growing" its workforce in NY which includes some 5,000 people.

Shares of Amazon fell 1 percent.

Nearly immediately after Amazon announced a year ago that it chose Long Island City in Queens as one of two sites to build new corporate offices, local lawmakers and community organizers began to question the project, which was backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "There was no hint of this at all".

"Defeating an anti-union corporation that mistreats workers and assists ICE in terrorizing immigrant communities is a victory".

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