New York Is Having Second Thoughts About Amazon’s Second Headquarters

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

Amazon reportedly reconsidering New York location amid growing resistance movement

"Unlike in Virginia-where elected leaders quickly passed an incentive package for a separate headquarters facility-final approval from NY state is not expected until 2020".

According to a new report from The Washington Post, two anonymous officials have disclosed that Amazon might be backtracking on its plans to build a new headquarters in the New York City borough of Queens.

In December, Qunnipac Unviersity polled 1,075 registered voters in New York City and 57% said they approved of Amazon coming to Long Island city, while 26% said they opposed the move. Nashville is getting a 5,000-person operations center, and though the city budget is so strapped public workers were denied a promised raise, this week officials passed a $15 million infrastructure grant for the area Amazon will occupy, the first of $117 million in subsidies for the project.

One supporter of the deal Van Bramer spoke to "seemed genuinely anxious, and that led me to believe that it was real", he said. 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.

De Blasio argued in November that "this is a giant step on our path to building an economy in New York City that leaves no one behind".

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News that Amazon is considering backing out of its plan to build a new headquarters site in Queens comes just days after Democratic state Sen. "If they stop Amazon from coming to NY, they're going to have the people of NY to explain it to". One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions. A City Hall source confirmed the city reached out as well.

In one sign of opposition, artists spray-painted Amazon's logo - spelled "AMAZNO" - on streets near the proposed site. Gianaris was recently nominated to a state board that has the power to veto the deal (though he has not yet been confirmed by staunch Amazon supporter Governor Cuomo).

"I don't think, in the end, there's a lot of public servants want to be responsible for losing 25,000 to 40,000 jobs", de Blasio said.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district spans parts of Queens and the Bronx, has also criticized Amazon. The company said it will receive performance-based incentives of $1.525 billion from the state of NY, including an average $48,000 for each job it creates.

Protestors unfurl anti-Amazon banners during a New York City Council Finance Committee hearing on January 30. "Multibillion-dollar corporations and billionaires like Jeff Bezos should not be threatening New Yorkers or expect any American taxpayers to foot the bill for opening a new headquarters-whether it's in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, or anywhere else". What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.

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