Amazon reconsidering NYC location, according to report | Digital

Amazon reconsidering NYC location, according to report | Digital

Amazon reconsidering NYC location, according to report | Digital

Amazon is reconsidering opening part of its second headquarters in NY after fierce opposition from lawmakers, according to a new report.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauded news on Friday that Amazon is reportedly reconsidering its plans to build a second headquarters in New York City as it faces fierce opposition from some state and city officials.

The world's largest online retailer plans to spend $5 billion on the developments in Long Island City in New York's Queens borough, and in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C, and expects to get more than $2 billion in tax credits and incentives with plans to apply for more.

Supported by the NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the plan has faced a torrent of opposition from elected officials, activists and unions, angry that the company is set to get up to $3bn in tax breaks and subsidies. Amazon was down 2.3 percent at $1,576.98 just before noon in NY.

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".

Van Bramer said he would be glad to see Amazon go. But the only South Side site to which the Amazon team returned for multiple site visits was the South Loop mega-site known as "the 78". "I think defeating an unprecedented act of corporate welfare is absolutely a victory".

The company's brass had to endure a series of hearings in the City Council in recent weeks, in which politicians blasted Amazon's record on labor issues and its refusal to accede to a unionization drive at its Staten Island distribution center.

"If the Amazon deal falls apart, they will have nobody to blame but themselves", he said in a statement.

The project's critics offered their own perspectives. Such uproar has stood in contrast with the company's reception in Virginia, which has been largely friendly.

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Announced in November, the HQ2 locations in LIC and Crystal City, Virginia, marked the culmination of a nationwide pageant where cities across the country vied for Amazon's favor.

"The question is whether it's worth it if the politicians in NY don't want the project, especially".

On the other hand, Amazon has significant backing in the form of Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post report, but did circulate to reporters an editorial arguing that ny was running the risk of losing Amazon and that it would be bad news for the city if it did.

Those critics got new hope earlier this week when New York State Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens, who is a vocal critic of HQ2, was recommended to serve on the Public Authorities Control Board.

A new rumor suggests the planned Amazon NYC headquarters is being reconsidered.

Another criticism of the planned headquarters is that Amazon will be given many tax breaks to move in, which seems unfair considering the company is one of the wealthiest organizations on the planet.

Amazon has not yet returned a request for comment from Fox News, but it did tell TechCrunch it is "focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders". "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.

More broadly, the Amazon farce has shone a spotlight on the sordid process of economic development deals, which cost cities and states up to $90 billion annually while local services suffer from a lack of funds.

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