Amazon may drop plan for New York HQ after local opposition

Amazon may drop plan for New York HQ after local opposition

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors-small-business owners, educators, and community leaders", an Amazon spokeswoman told Barron's in an email message.

Amazon is reconsidering its plans for a 25,000-employee campus in Long Island City, Queens, according to the Washington Post, which cited two unnamed officials.

The company has held internal meetings to assess the situation in NY, where elected officials, labor leaders, and community activists are mounting a resistance to the project, two anonymous sources told The Post.

While all of that is happening, Amazon floated this pullback from NY, citing how "welcoming" politicians in Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee have been in handing over public money for its site locations.

Cuomo, de Blasio and Gianaris and another critic of the deal did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment. Spokesman Mike Murphy said it's "unfortunate that the governor is trying to divide the Democratic Party at this crucial and historic time", after the Senate in the past few weeks approved reproductive health rights, gun control measures and protections for transgender New Yorkers and extended the ability of childhood sexual abuse survivors to seek redress in court. Reportedly, Amazon is already considering either moving the entire East Coast headquarters to Virginia, or to other cities that were on the Amazon short list.

After Amazon announced its plans to open a second headquarters past year, cities across the state wrote in proposals, from Hartford to Danbury.

"Why should we subsidize the creation of 25,000 Amazon jobs when Amazon's entire business model seeks to eliminate millions of retail jobs", he said.

The Washington Post, which is also owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, reported the Seattle-based tech giant is reconsidering the plan and has not leased or purchased any office space for the project. He came out swinging against the State Senate today, calling his colleagues out for "governmental malpractice".

"Don't know if they are actually thinking of leaving NY". NY residents fear the same will happen to them. Or, it may be trying to put pressure on local politicians to support the deal. "The city and state are working closely together to make sure Amazon's expansion is planned smartly, and to ensure this fast-growing neighborhood has the transportation, schools and infrastructure it needs". "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.

At a contentious City Council meeting last week, Amazon's public policy director Brian Huseman touted the deal's benefits for the city, but also said that Amazon wants to invest in a "community that wants us". But apparently New York's population is different, and that threatens those people. The company is hiring lobbyists and a "community affairs manager" in NY, so it's clearly still committed to the deal at some level. Amazon has done so in Northern Virginia.

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