Amazon Reportedly Reconsidering NYC HQ2 Over Backlash From Residents

Andrew Cummings
February 9, 2019

Amazon has not purchased land for the NY project and its agreement with the city and state is non-binding. The Washington Post reported the story earlier on Friday. reconsidering its plan to build a corporate campus in NY after facing a wave of opposition, according to a report.

This past month, a leading critic of NY subsidies for Amazon's plan to build a second headquarters in Queens was nominated to serve on a state board with the power to reject the project.

Cuomo admitted that the community surrounding the site is "nervous", but he says the 25,000 jobs that Amazon has promised to create are worth any inconvenience.

Friday afternoon, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer tweeted, "Hey @amazon, heard many NYS leaders oppose deal for your 2nd headquarters". Whether it's building a pipeline of local jobs through workforce 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.

"And if they stop Amazon from coming to New York, they're going to have the people of New York State to explain it to".

Amazon is reconsidering plans for a new headquarters in NY amid a torrent of public opposition. "Yes, they can", Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declared on Friday in response to the news, which was met with glee by advocacy groups that have opposed the NY government's deal with Amazon since it was unveiled in November.

The two have been at the forefront of the Amazon opposition, and most recently, Sen. Amazon chose the location anyway, since the city offered a large skilled-labor pool, and ample opportunities for spouses and partners of recruited hires to find employment to further their own careers, the person said.

The Spheres is an Amazon work site in Seattle. Multiple parties reached out to Amazon to make sure that they know Chicago would still want them.

The state's top 1 percent of income earners generate almost half of the state's income tax revenue, thanks to NY state's progressive tax code that taxes wealthier New Yorkers at a higher rate.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who campaigned against the subsidy package, celebrated the news that Amazon may be reconsidering the whole deal.

Under the current plan, which was negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, the headquarters would bring in roughly 25,000 to 40,000 new jobs. But the mayor said he was "not sorry at all" that the city and state didn't go higher than $2.25 billion.

Protestors unfurl anti-Amazon banners during a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing on January 30.

But other lawmakers representing New York City have raised concerns about the $3 billion in tax incentives and the rent increases expected to accompany the arrival of its headquarters. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

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