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WashPost: Amazon Reconsiders NYC HQ Over Local Opposition

WashPost: Amazon Reconsiders NYC HQ Over Local Opposition

"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".

Amazon is re-evaluating its decision to build a campus in New York City, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two anonymous sources.

The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported on Friday that the company is "reconsidering" its plan to place an office facility for up to 25,000 employees in Long Island City, Queens. A smaller project in Nashville, Tennessee, is expected to create 5,000 new jobs.

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

"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", the statement read.

Basically, the whole thing could be summed up as "nice Amazon deal, New York".

The biggest threat to Amazon's LIC headquarters came when the New York State Senate appointed Gianaris to the Public Authorities Control Board, which will preside over approval of Amazon's development plan.




Amazon has been derided by some NY politicians, who have been critical of the project and its almost $2 billion in incentives cities agreed to provide in exchange for an estimated 25,000 well-paid jobs. One point of contention could be Amazon's opposition to labor unions.

"It is outrageous that Amazon is now essentially threatening New York City taxpayers to pay for its new headquarters or else it will leave town", said Marc Perrone, the president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which is trying to unionize Amazon's New York warehouse workers through its branch, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union.

"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. 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".

NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Friday to comment on the reports.

It's likely the change of heart has to do with the intense backlash against the idea from New York City residents. Michael Gianaris, whose district includes the proposed site-and who is an outspoken critic of the $3 billion in state and local tax breaks and subsidies Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio proffered to Amazon.

Critics also say the project would drive up rent and tax New York's already troubled transit system.

They've questioned whether its "worth it" to build the campus if NY politicians are opposed, one source told the Post. What benefit the company would actually get was unclear.