Amazon Reconsidering New York City HQ2 Amid Backlash

Amazon Reconsidering New York City HQ2 Amid Backlash

The Washington Post, owned by the founder of Amazon, reported that Amazon executives are reconsidering the New York City site, in the face of the opposition.

But a report in the New York Times says Amazon has no plans to back out and Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman Eric Phillips said Friday, "the mayor fully expects Amazon to deliver on its promise to New Yorkers".

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Critics of the Long Island City proposal sent fresh salvos on Friday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims the state Senate is pushing to pass a new tax on millionaires - an assertion immediately denounced as "fake news" by the Democrats who control the legislative body. However, according to a new report released Friday, Amazon is reconsidering its choice in ny.

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Instead, the economic development plum of the century known as HQ2 - with a $5 billion investment and 50,000, six-figure jobs - would be divided between Crystal City, Va. and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. The county board of supervisors has expressed strong support for the Amazon headquarters and is planning to pass a local incentive package in March.

The person briefed on the matter said that Amazon was still working toward winning approval from NY officials and had not given up on the proposal, but was considering potential alternatives to NY. At a recent panel discussion about lessons learned from the process, Mike Finney, president and CEO of the Beacon Council, did not mention any specific feedback he'd received from Amazon officials about South Florida's bid The event was sponsored by the Miami Herald.

In response, Amazon would say only that it's engaging with small business owners, community leaders and educators, pointing to its pledges to fund high school computer science classes and contribute to job training. Gianaris isn't thrilled about the $3 billion in city and state incentives promised to the mega-retailer. Effectively, Amazon would repopulate a neighborhood and would help Arlington County, Va. with a long-stated goal of revitalizing their community. It recently hired a public relations firm in NY and started looking for a "senior community affairs manager" to focus on building a positive partnership with community groups, local stakeholders and nonprofits. In particular, members of the committee pressed Amazon-via its head of public policy-on its stance toward unionization efforts and asked for commitments to certain job quality standards. "Amazon would be exceedingly foolish to actually pull out of this deal".

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

Politicians, locals and advocacy groups appear to be trying to avoid side effects of an Amazon invasion - rent hikes, crippling traffic and giving the lucrative company substantial tax breaks - as Seattle experienced during Amazon's explosive growth there over the past decade. "The Senate Democratic Majority Conference and our partners in the Assembly finally returned NY as the progressive beacon to the rest of the country".

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